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What happened after Facebook blocked news in Australia?
« on: March 26, 2021, 12:13:09 PM »

Critics of Facebook say the company's ban on news appearing on its platform in Australia has made it more difficult for people to access reliable sources - and increased the influence of bad and misleading information.

But is there any evidence of this since the ban was imposed on Thursday?

Unintended consequences
It quickly became clear that one effect of the tech giant's move was that in addition to news providers, emergency services were also being blocked.

Some Australian government health-department and emergency-services pages found that their Facebook accounts had been affected.

They were later restored after Facebook was notified.
"We stream physical activity classes through Facebook," says Jo Flanagan, the group's chief executive. "We push public-health-generated Covid updates.

"Clients use messages on Facebook to contact us when they don't have phone credit. It was very disruptive."

The page is now working again.

Will Easton, managing director of Facebook Australia, said: "Pages such as government, public-safety and education pages should not be impacted by this announcement.

"We apologise to any pages that were inadvertently impacted." pg slot

The day after the ban, we checked some of the pages that had faced problems, including a satirical-news site, a women's legal-services page, and a weather-forecasting platform. They had all been reactivated.

Facebook says it's working to restore other sites that have also been blocked inadvertently.