What the Facebook news ban means for Australian publishers

What the Facebook news ban means for Australian publishers”

"Ultimately what we're trying to do is to find a mechanism by which there can be a fair compensation to Canadian media for the usage of their content by Facebook and Google ... and arguably there are only two other models out there that we can look at to determine how we will do it in Canada", he said. However, Google has said blocking news links and news snippets from media publishers will have far-reaching effects on its code.

In recent months, Facebook rolled out a News tab in the United States and the UK, and it's paying publishers in those countries for using their content.

In a blog post attributed to Facebook A/NZ managing director, Will Easton, the social media giant stated it is now restricting Australian publishers from sharing or posting any content as a direct response to the Australian Government's endorsement of the ACCC-penned News Media Bargaining Code.

"For many years, we were accused of tilting at tech windmills, but what was a solitary campaign, a quixotic quest, has become a movement, and both journalism and society will be enhanced", Thomson, another Australian native, said in a statement announcing the deal.

Facebook said Google search is "inextricably intertwined with news", as publishers do not volunteer to provide content, whereas publishers chose to share content on Facebook, which "allows them to sell more subscriptions, grow their audiences and increase advertising revenue". He discovered that the Facebook Pages for Australian satire sites The Betoota Advocate, The Shovel and The Chaser had all been nerfed.

The legislative changes described in a government statement as "clarifications and technical amendments" follow Australian ministers' weekend discussions with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Sundar Pichai, chief executive of Alphabet Inc. and its subsidiary Google.

Greens spokesperson for media and communications, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, who has been part of the senate committee debating the News Media Bargaining Code, was also scathing of Facebook's decision.

Commenting on Facebook's decision, a Nine spokesperson said it was disappointed and stressed no one will win from this course.

Last week, Microsoft Corp., which owns the rival Bing search engine, said the us should adopt its own version of the proposed Australian law.

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Facebook will restrict news content for Australian users.

In the coming weeks, Mr. Guilbeault is planning to introduce legislation that will create a new regulator to oversee how social-media platforms deal with content such as hate speech.

Global users outside Australia also can not share Australian news. "It's a high stakes game", Rod Sims, head of Australia's competition regulator who has championed for the new rules, told POLITICO, speaking before Facebook's announcement on Wednesday.

Along with government health pages, rescue services and every reputable news outlet's Facebook pages, the multi billion-dollar company's social media page was also void of all content on Thursday morning.

"Thirdly, we have sought to keep the major players in Australia, as you know, Google had talked about leaving Australia".

"News Showcase now has partnerships with over 500 publications around the world, demonstrating the value this product can bring to our news partners and readers everywhere".

Thomson, during an earnings call earlier this month, said he hoped News Corp.'s effort would lead to similar arrangements with other news publishers.

Google's recent deals with Nine and Seven West Media give it greater control over the terms, compared with the forced arbitration proposed by Australia.

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