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My Daily Digest: February 18, 2021

The social dilemma  If you’re a Farmers Weekly reader in Australia, getting our content became a whole lot harder today after Facebook blocked all news content from its site across the ditch.

The social media giant is unhappy with new government regulations there that would see social media companies forced to pay news creators for content.

The current model sees news outlets pay Facebook to spread their stories.

News media companies across the world have been trying to crack the code over how to make money since the internet essentially made news content free a few decades ago.

This argument over who is a publisher and who is not is complex. But, in a world where disinformation is rife, a pandemic’s raging and severe weather is common, surely people are entitled to the information they need on every available platform?

Still, maybe this will usher in a return to the good old days where readers went straight to the source.

 

Bryan Gibson

 

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