BREAKING: Facebook bans access to all media content in Australia
Due to new government regulations, Facebook has restricted Australians from viewing all news content on their platform - that includes DriveTribe.
Australians have been barred access to viewing and sharing any form of news or news related content on the Facebook platform as tensions between the social media company and the Australian Government dramatically escalate.
Drastically overnight, all Australians were blocked from not only viewing content on nationwide news pages such as Australia's government funded ABC News and SBS News, but were also banned from viewing content from worldwide publications such as the DriveTribe Facebook page as well as smaller publications like us.
The restriction comes in place after an ongoing battle between the tech giant and the Government's law which forces companies like Google and Facebook to pay Australian news outlets to post content.
The Australian Government stood firm with their decision, so Facebook said they had to make the choice to either comply with Australian law or remove all sites affected by the law from Facebook altogether.
Google has made deals with some Australian news companies such as Nine and Seven West to keep news content available and unrestricted for Australians, however Facebook decided to respond differently "because our platforms have fundamentally different relationships with news."
The ban has caused some disruption for emergency services, with content removed including Australian Government pages, the weather bureau, and even some Australian Health & Fire Rescue pages.