Explainer: What’s happening with Google and Facebook in Australia, and what does it mean for us?

The tech giants have reacted wildly differently to the Australian government’s pressure to force them to pay media companies but this is far from a simple story

In Ireland the issue of tech companies paying for news will be addressed in Ireland at the Future of Media Commission. Picture: Getty

The drip feed of announcements by Google over the course of the week that it was tying up payment deals with increasingly larger Australian media organisations, the last being Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp, generated ample reaction before Facebook took a completely different approach.

On Wednesday evening news left Facebook in Australia. That is to say, all news. News from Australian publishers can’t be viewed anywhere in the world on Facebook. And no news from any ...