Facebook appears to be shutting down news on their platform in Australia.

From major news outlets to government communications pages, social media editors and newsrooms report this morning an inability to share their news content.

Overnight the Californian company began preventing and removing the distribution of news content in Australia.

It’s in response to Australia’s new laws governing social media and search content in Australia from news companies.

The social media giant is adamant that it should not have to pay for links back to news sites.

Communications Minister Paul Fletcher has come out swinging this morning, telling the ABC Facebook needs to “think very carefully about what this means for its reputation and standing