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Facebook commence negotiations with the Australian government

Facebook commence negotiations with the Australian government”

Canada, India, France and the United Kingdom are just a few of the countries Morrison pointed to as preparing to emulate Australia in its stand for democratic principles against monopolistic mayhem.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 18: In this photo illustration ABC News reports on Facebook's news ban on Australian and worldwide content on February 18, 2021 in Sydney, Australia. "This is what we want to see, and we want to solve this problem".

But the idea of shutting down the sort of sites they did yesterday as some sort of threat.

Google has played a smarter game, agreeing news licensing deals with the biggest Australian outlets that ensure it will not have to enter arbitration under the code.

He spoke after Facebook earlier on Thursday removed posts from Australian news outlets and government pages, including those belonging to the meteorology bureau, the pandemic response, mental health and emergency services.

Talking about the issue, he said he had discussed it with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau.

In order to express dissatisfaction with a legislation in Australia, the Facebook platform has banned Australian users from sharing news.

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Google accounts for 53 percent of Australian online advertising revenue and Facebook 23 percent, according to Treasurer Josh Frydenberg. News Corp is far too powerful in Australia, a small media market where regulators have disregarded plurality under heavy lobbying.

Morrison retaliated by saying his government was "happy to listen to them on the technical issues", but remained determined to press ahead.

Morrison, for his part, underscored that the Australian government's stance is "very clear" and that "people would know the strong support being provided internationally for Australia's position".

The company has "tentatively friended us again", he quipped.

Last year, Facebook announced it would pay US news organizations including the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post and USA Today for headlines.

Another option is to follow the example of France, which requires large tech platforms to open talks with publishers seeking remuneration for use of news content.



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