Australians flock to parody sites on Facebook after news ban

what a joke!

Facebook users in Australia followed parody news content on Thursday after the social media giant blocked legal news from its platform.

According to data from Facebook-owned social media insights tool CrowdTangle, the 10 top-performing posts on Australian Facebook pages on Thursday were from almost all satirical sites.

List – first shared by Twitter account @ FacebookTop10AU – Mostly included posts from Australian comedic outlets The Chaser and Betuta Advocate.

Standing at number 5 was the Ozzi Man Review, a page by popular Australian YouTuber Ethan Marrell.

All three comedy pages have previously appeared in a daily ranking of Facebook posts that racked up the most interactions, as was tracked FacebookTop10AU Account

From Guardian Australia employee Dave Earle.

However, it does not appear that the top posts have ever come from the comedy page only.

Facebook page for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
Facebook page for Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
AP Photo / Rick Rycroft

for example, on Wednesday, Was the number 1 post in the Ozzy Man Review, but was followed by 7 News Brisbane, 7 News Australia and ABC News.

The striking change was likely due to Facebook’s shocking move to prevent Australians from viewing and sharing news on the platform to make proposed laws in the country digital for journalism.

Users below can no longer share Australian or international news, and international users outside Australia also cannot share Australian news.

With post wires

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