Sharing of local and international news on both Facebook and the subsidiary Instagram platform isn’t something that people living in Australia can do anymore. The announcement comes from Facebook itself, as the insanely popular social media platform wants to “protect against an outcome that defies logic and will hurt, not help, the long-term vibrancy of Australia’s news and media sector.”
Facebook also informs that publishers and users from Australia who are trying to share news on the social network would be greeted with a notification. The text will point to the relevant legislation and inform them that they are no longer able to post such content.
Will Easton, who is managing director of Facebook in Australia and New Zealand, issued the following statement:
The proposed law is unprecedented in its reach and seeks to regulate every aspect of how tech companies do business with news publishers,
Facebook is further planning to unify all of its messaging apps into a single one pretty soon. When this plan is put into practice, all of our discussions from Facebook Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp will be accessible from a single app that will, most probably, have the name ‘Facebook’ within its moniker. As it has a staggering amount of 2.7 billion monthly active users worldwide, Facebook surely wouldn’t afford to disappoint them. The insanely popular social network offers functionalities like a marketplace, job listings, event pages, pages for businesses and institutions, groups based on various subjects, the possibility of meeting people with similar tastes with you, and many more.
The description from Google Play Store is relevant enough:
The Facebook app does more than help you stay connected with your friends and interests. It’s also your personal organizer for storing, saving and sharing photos. It’s easy to share photos straight from your Android camera, and you have full control over your photos and privacy settings. You can choose when to keep individual photos private or even set up a secret photo album to control who sees it.
If you don’t have an account on Facebook yet, you should know that making one is free, and it will always be. Or at least that’s what Facebook says!