WORLD Australian government slams Facebook news blackout as 'heavy handed'

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Australian government slams Facebook news blackout as 'heavy handed'

AFP

09:49, February 18, 2021

This illustration picture shows the US social media Facebook logo on February 14, 2020 in Brussels. (Photo: AFP)

Australia's government said Facebook was "heavy handed" and "wrong" Thursday for introducing a landmark local ban on sharing news in response to pending legislation.

"Facebook was wrong. Facebook's actions were unnecessary, they were heavy-handed, and they will damage its reputation here in Australia," Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said.

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