Media blackout: why Facebook pulled the plug on news in Australia

High stakes talks with Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp pushed social media giant into taking stand

28 February 2021 - 19:45 By Hannah Murphy and Richard Waters

It was cast as a battle between Facebook and Australia, as the world’s largest social network stripped all news from its platform in protest at a new law forcing it to pay publishers.

But at the heart of the drama was also a high-stakes negotiation with a familiar figure — Rupert Murdoch — according to several Facebook executives, one of whom said the news empire had tried to hold “a knife at their throat”...

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