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Australians furious at Facebook’s news ban

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 18: In this photo illustration ABC News reports on Facebook's news ban on Australian and International content on February 18, 2021 in Sydney, Australia. Facebook has banned publishers an users in Australia from posting it sharing news content as the Australian government prepares to pass laws that will require social media companies to pay news publishers for sharing using content on their platforms. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – FEBRUARY 18: In this photo illustration ABC News reports on Facebook’s news ban on Australian and International content on February 18, 2021 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 3:37 PM PT – Thursday, February 18, 2021

Millions of Australian citizens and government officials took to social media to criticize Facebook’s decision to ban news content in their country. As part of the ban, Facebook blocked access to several government accounts, which deprived Australian citizens of important information.

Australians said Facebook’s actions amount to blatant interference with their domestic affairs.

“Yeah, I think it’s crazy,” Sydney resident Doug Neale said. “I’m a software developer, so I’m fascinated to see how the ban is actually affecting other sites that are getting crashed.”

“This is outrageous and unacceptable,” Minister for Health Greg Hunt (L-Victoria) said. “We expect that Facebook will fix these actions immediately and never repeat them again. This is an assault on a sovereign nation. It is an assault on people’s freedom and, in particular, it is an utter abuse of big technology’s market power and control over technology. This will go around the world, but this stops. This is unacceptable.”

In response, Australian users left Facebook and switched to Telegram.

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