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Facebook Faces Year of Reckoning After Showdown in Australia

  • Antitrust and privacy concerns are fueling calls for reform
  • Even Apple is joining the push to rein in Facebook’s sprawl
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Facebook Inc.’s brief but tempestuous standoff with the Australian government over a world-first pay-for-news law is only the start of a string of regulatory battles that the world’s biggest social network faces in 2021.

Mark Zuckerberg started the year on the offensive, blocking news across Rupert Murdoch’s home turf of Australia to fend off demands that Facebook pay media companies for content shared on its platform.