Facebook Deliberately Caused Havoc in Australia to Influence New Law, Whistleblowers Say

Summary by Ground News
Whistleblowers allege Facebook blocked sites during negotiations on Australia's landmark News Media Bargaining Code. The Code required Facebook and Google to pay local news outlets for the right to link to their content. Facebook said the Code was so unworkable that it would be forced to stop sharing news links in Australia.
17 days ago·Canberra, Australia

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BBC News

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17 days ago·United Kingdom
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The Guardian

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17 days ago·London, United Kingdom
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Sydney Morning Herald

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17 days ago·Sydney, Australia
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CNBC

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The report details actions Facebook took ahead of new legislation that would make digital platforms like Facebook and Google pay for news.

17 days ago·United States
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c|net

Facebook Accused of Deliberately Causing Havoc in Australia Over News Content Law

Whistleblowers who sent documents to US and Australian authorities, as well as The Wall Street Journal, accuse the company of more hardball politics.

18 days ago·New York, United States
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Business Insider

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17 days ago·United States
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