Bad News for Facebook Tyrants: Homegrown Aussie News App Is Now Number 1 on App Store – Beating Facebook in Downloads

Bad News for Facebook Tyrants: Homegrown Aussie News App Is Now Number 1 on App Store – Beating Facebook in Downloads


Google threatened to shut down operations in Australia in January after a bill moved forward by lawmakers that forces the internet giants to pay news publishers.

Google and Facebook believed this was unfair.

So the tech giants announced they may close down their operations Down Under.

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Last Thursday Facebook followed up on their threats and blocked Australians from viewing and sharing news on the platform because of proposed laws in the country to make digital giants pay for journalism.

According to CBS News Australian publishers can continue to publish news content on Facebook, but links and posts can’t be viewed or shared by Australian audiences, the U.S.-based company said in a statement.

But in the process, Facebook blocked readers from access to The Bureau of Meteorology, state health departments, the Western Australian opposition leader, and charities as a result of the company’s wide-ranging ban on sharing or viewing news.

Australia’s Prime Minister said on a statement that Facebook attacked a sovereign nation.

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