What Facebook’s Ban on News in Australia Means for the U.S.

A proposed news media law in Australia is not yet official, but Facebook proactively decided to block Aussies from sharing news links anyway

Add this to your 2021 bingo card: Australians cannot read or share any news articles on Facebook. The surprise move comes after the social network decided to block all Australian users from sharing or reading any news stories on the platform Wednesday — a decision that raises questions over whether Facebook could do the same thing in the U.S., where millions of people depend on the site as a primary news source.

There’s a lot to unpack here, so let’s quickly go over what led to Facebook’s decision, its impact and what this means for Facebook’s 195 million North American users.

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J. Clara Chan

Media and politics reporter • jclara.chan@thewrap.com • Twitter: @jclarachan

Sean Burch

Tech reporter • sean.burch@thewrap.com • @SeanB44