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.
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Weeks after the furor between Facebook and the Australian government, the ripple effects are being felt across the world as other governments consider similar legislation.
Facebook had quarreled with the Australian government over its News Media Bargaining Code and at one point instituted a news blackout in the country.
All the while Google struck a deal with Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. to feature content on its Google News Showcase that included an ad revenue sharing agreement, despite the tension between the two companies.
The Australian incident, and its reverberations, can be heard across the world as other nations contemplate forcing…