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“We’re a bookstore”: How retailers got caught up in Facebook’s news ban

Facebook has copped criticism for the hasty execution of its news ban in Australia. Image: Bigstock
Online retailer Booktopia and furniture and homewares giant Harvey Norman were among the many non-news organisations blocked from using Facebook on Thursday, when the social network followed through on its threat to ban Australian news on its platform rather than pay media companies for the content, as required by the new media bargaining code that is expected to become law next week.  Booktopia’s Facebook page was deleted without warning and its marketing team has been unable to post any