Australia is proposing laws to make social media giants pay for journalism… for news content, even if it’s just a link or a post. Facebook has decided to turn off all news content in Australia, and that will reduce education, discussion, and even understanding of the world. Google is going in the other direction, and working deals, but that’s a bigger part of their business model. Facebook may think they have the upper hand in this approach, perhaps as a bargaining tool, but the future isn’t looking good for the Land Down Under.

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Facebook announced Thursday it has blocked Australians from viewing and sharing news on the platform because of proposed laws in the country to make digital giants pay…

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