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Emergency services and even the WEATHER caught in the crossfire of Facebook’s war on Australian news

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Vital Australian services including rescue helicopter services appear to have been caught in the crossfire of Facebook’s Australian news ban.  

Official government pages on the social media platform including the Queensland, South Australia and ACT Health pages and Fire and Rescue NSW have gone down – as have posts from the Bureau of Meteorology.

Westpac and Careflight’s official rescue helicopter pages have also been blocked. 

The Bureau of Meteorology's posts have been removed from Facebook after the social media giant blocked all content from Australian news outlets

The Bureau of Meteorology’s posts have been removed from Facebook after the social media giant blocked all content from Australian news outlets

Vital Australian emergency services have been banned as part of the changes. Facebook from Thursday morning will no longer allow people in Australia to read or share news on its platform, the media giant has said

Vital Australian emergency services have been banned as part of the changes. Facebook from Thursday morning will no longer allow people in Australia to read or share news on its platform, the media giant has said

The Queensland, South Australia and ACT Health pages have all had their posts removed as of Thursday morning

Pictured: Posts from the ACT Government have been stripped from the social media platform

The Queensland, South Australia and ACT Health pages have all had their posts removed as of Thursday morning

A BoM spokesman said they had contacted Facebook to get their posts reinstated.

SA Health’s Twitter and Instagram pages are unaffected.

‘Our website remains active,’ a spokesman for the health service said.

‘You can follow our Instagram and Twitter for your health news. SA Health has contacted Facebook to rectify this issue.’ 

More to follow 

This post was first published on DailyMail.

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