Facebook news ban hits emergency services and government health departments

Facebook has blocked a number of major Australian government agency pages as part of its decision to ban news publishers in response to the Morrison government’s proposed media bargaining laws.

Large corporations and peak sporting bodies are also affected by the tech titan’s decision.

The Bureau of Meteorology, Fire and Rescue NSW and Queensland Health headline the government agencies caught up in Facebook’s move.

Several Sydney local health district pages are blocked, including Sydney Local Health District and Western Sydney Health.

Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital and St Vincent’s Hospital have been stripped of their content.

But there is an uneven spread of pages which are blocked and those still live, with St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney unaffected.

NSW Health’s Facebook page remains live while the health departments in South Australia, Tasmania and the ACT are blocked.

Electricity company AGL and retailer Harvey Norman are others whose pages are down, along with Cricket Australia and Rugby Australia.

More to come.

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