Facebook Blocks News Content From Australia

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Furthermore, a Facebook executive has apologized for wrongly closing pages operated by charities and other government organizations.

Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Friday other countries are lining up behind Canberra's drive to regulate Big Tech companies and force them to pay for local news.

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". "That is why I invite".

"I said to them on you can get an ad to me on your platforms in about two seconds but you're telling me you can't identify violent and extremist material and you can't get rid of it?"

The blockade was a response to the passage of a bill by the House of Representatives on Wednesday night that would make Facebook and Google pay Australian media companies fair compensation for the journalism that the platforms link to.

Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said he had spoken to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg for a second time after the blackout. Furthermore, we expect the Australian parliament to pass this law next week.

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Facebook and Alphabet-owned Google had campaigned together against the law, with both threatening to withdraw key services from Australia.

Google has avoided paying for links inside its main search engine, the tabernacle that generates nearly all its profits, but agreed to pay for the right to carry news in Google News Showcase, a novel product that seems likely to exist nearly entirely as a regulatory sop, albeit one worth $100m (£71m) per year to News Corp. The total traffic of Australian news websites from different platforms in the country decreased by about 13%.

That, however, hasn't put Canada off taking action too.

Canadian media organisations a year ago warned that the country would lose 700 print journalism jobs out of 3,100 in total, if the government did not act. The British News Media Association also stated that Facebook's behavior indicates that stricter supervision may be required.

We're happy to listen to them on on the technical issues of this, just like we listened to Google and came to a sensible arrangement.

"I suspect that soon we will have five, 10, 15 countries adopting similar rules".

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