Who else is going to join Australia's fight to make Facebook pay for news?

February 19, 2021

There are always two sides to every story, as the Australian Prime Minister revealed he's already having encouraging chats with other world leaders - including India and Canada. 


But why has Facebook blocked news in Australia, and what does it mean for everyone involved?


Australians woke up to a shocking surprise on Thursday morning to discover they could not access any news on their Facebook accounts. This also included that people worldwide could not post or share links from Australian publications to their accounts. 


The social media platform has officially blocked people in Australia from viewing and sharing news on its site in an argument over money. 


Australia's PM Scott Morrison refused to give in to the Facebook ban and used his Facebook page to share a statement with the world, saying: "Facebook's actions to unfriend Australia today, cutting off essential information services on health and emergency services, were as arrogant as they were disappointing."


The battle is still ongoing between the Australian government and the tech experts over what the law is and how they will make them pay for news content.