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Facebook bans Australian news as impact of media law is felt globally

Social media groups react after Google signs worldwide licensing deal with Murdoch empire

Facebook will block news from Australian publishers for all of its users, regardless of where they are.   © Reuters

LONDON/SYDNEY/SAN FRANCISCO (Financial Times) -- Facebook has defied Australia's push to make Big Tech pay for news by banning the sharing of content on its platform in the country, the most far-reaching restrictions it has ever placed on publishers in any part of the world.

The extreme step to remove Australian news came as Google separately struck a global deal with Rupert Murdoch's News Corp, defusing a long-running dispute between the two companies.

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