A ban on Australian media companies posting content onto Facebook has come into effect overnight as the social media giant hits back at the Federal Government’s proposed media bargaining laws, which would force the site to pay media companies for their content.

The ban has been cast far and wide across the social media site with our very own Facebook page now offline.

Other local sites caught up in the ban include the Canberra Times, ABC Canberra and the Riot ACT.

Canberra FM General Manger, Craig Wagstaff said the decision by Facebook is a huge blow for local audiences.

“I think it’s disappointing for people who engage with it.” Mr Wagstaff said.

“Our focus is of course what comes through our speakers and multi-platform devices where you can listen to us but of course, you can read (news and information) in longer form through our website.”

It’s understood some users may still be able to access news content on Facebook as the ban is still be rolled out across the social media site.