Facebook pulled the plug.
For some time Facebook has been threatening to pull news from local and international outlets across Australian Facebook pages in response to the government’s plan to force tech platforms to pay news publishers for content. While Google has struck a deal with News Corp, Facebook decided to go ahead with its threat. (Featured image: @davidclode)
These have been some of our favourite responses from Australians…mostly on Twitter.
1. The Weeknd gif that keeps on giving
News agencies trying to come up with a new marketing strategy without Facebook #facebooknewsban
— Timmy (@timmy4885) February 17, 2021
2. Twitter is capitalising
Australia today:#FacebookAustralia #facebooknewsban @chaser pic.twitter.com/CAi6Jc9mmF
— Jenkins (@tgm87) February 18, 2021
3. The world now according to Facebook
Breaking: Facebook releases new world map. #facebooknewsban pic.twitter.com/IothYmAPCw
— Daniel Scoullar (@_DanSc) February 18, 2021
4. Ban everything! (Well, not everything)
5. Wait, who wasn’t affected?
Hands up if you’re a non-news outlet who has been personally victimised by #FacebookAustralia #Facebookban pic.twitter.com/nU0B2yKiqz
— BlackMilk Clothing (@BlackMilkTweets) February 18, 2021
6. What to do, what to do?
Social media managers in Australia today. #facebooknewsban pic.twitter.com/6d9eheKBbE
— Mikey Nicholson (@Mikey_Nicholson) February 18, 2021
7. Is Facebook the villain?
Facebook’s new logo @Facebook #facebooknewsban #facebooknews pic.twitter.com/6mhftQAhnP
— Patrick James (@PatJamesTiser) February 17, 2021
7. Maybe, but they even banned themselves?
Peak 2021 censorship:
So Facebook has just banned…. Facebook. Nice!#FacebookAustralia pic.twitter.com/XBl0FRtdz4
— Ben Poulton (@BennyPoulton) February 17, 2021
8. Some people think Australia is coming out on top
today in #facebookaustralia pic.twitter.com/HKl0mSfns4
— Bones 🔪💎💀 (@BoneChaos_) February 18, 2021
9. Please let this be true
#DeleteFacebook Somewhere Tom is looking over his shoulder and telling his cat, “ITS GO TIME”. pic.twitter.com/kWIGzbrGCi
— Tiberius Rex (@TiberiusRex5) February 18, 2021
Whatever your thoughts on the debate, one thing is for sure: Australians are funny.