Why is delete Facebook trending? The controversial Australia news ban explained

18 February 2021, 13:17

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Sam  Prance

By Sam Prance

People are calling on Facebook users to boycott the social media platform.

Delete Facebook is trending online as people boycott the platform following Facebook's controversial news ban in Australia.

Today (Feb 18), Facebook blocked all news pages on the service in Australia. Facebook users in Australia are now unable to see or share posts made by local and international news pages on the platform. Facebook have also imposed brand new restrictions which prevent people from outside of Australia from accessing Australian news pages via the website.

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People are now rallying together to ask Facebook users to delete their accounts so that Facebook reconsider their decision.

Why have Facebook banned news pages in Australia?

Why is delete Facebook trending? The controversial Australia news ban explained
Why is delete Facebook trending? The controversial Australia news ban explained. Picture: JOEL SAGET/AFP via Getty Images, Facebook

Facebook's news ban in Australia comes after the Australian government had proposed new laws which would force Google and Facebook to pay news outlets for their content on the platform in the same way that they pay for advertising. The idea being that Facebook and Google both benefit greatly from news outlets and should compensate them for their services.

Facebook believes that they benefit news outlets more than vice versa and, as a result, they are blocking news pages on the site in the hopes that the Australian government revokes their proposed new laws. In the same way, people are boycotting Facebook now in their hopes that they reconsider their decision and unblock Australian news outlets on the platform.

The #DeleteFacebook hashtag has since gone international with thousands of people tweeting in support of the boycott.

How do I delete my Facebook account?

If you're looking to delete your Facebook account permanently follow these six simple instructions.

1) Go on Facebook and click on the arrow in the top righthand corner of the page.

2) Select 'Settings & privacy' and then click on settings.

3) Find 'Your Facebook Information' in the column on the left and press it.

4) Scroll down to press deactivation and deletion.

5) You can then choose to either 'Deactivate account' temporarily or 'Delete account' permanently.

6) Select your preferred option and then enter your password and click 'Continue'

If you deactivate your account, you can restore it with all your old photos and posts. However, if you choose to permanently delete it, all of your past content will be deleted forever.

What do you think? Are you deleting Facebook?