Australia has banned social media company Facebook for using the company’s services in its advertisements and in its own online content, including its own pages.
The move comes after a series of high-profile social media users complained to the Federal Government that the social media giant had unfairly influenced their communities.
“The Australian Government has today taken action against Facebook for its advertising practices,” the company said in a statement.
The Federal Government announced it would ban the “Facebook for Australians” service, following complaints from users.
The social media service will be required to pay a penalty of $500,000 per month to comply with the rules, the statement said.
“This is an important step towards achieving social change in Australia, and we thank the community for their feedback.”
The Federal Department of Communications and Information Technology said the “Twitter for Australia” service will not be affected by the ban.