Op-Ed: Why Facebook was right to block Australian news content

New Statesman – ICLE Director of Competition Policy Sam Bowman had an op-ed in the New Statesman explaining why Facebook was justified in its decision to cease linking to Australian news sites in response to the Australian government’s attempted shake-down of Big Tech. You can read the full piece here.

This week, Facebook blocked news articles on its apps for all Australian users, and is blocking Australian news articles for users worldwide. This is a drastic step, but it is probably the least bad option the company has left. The Australian government has forced it into this position, with an attempted shake-down of Big Tech that leaves Australians worse off.