Facebook, Australia hold talks following news ban

Canada vows to follow Australia in making Facebook pay for news content

"What I'm pleased about is that Facebook's back at the table".

Facebook's sweeping ban drew widespread criticism for inadvertently blocking access to several critical government pages, including emergency services, health departments and the national weather service - with most restored in the hours after it came into effect. "So I welcome the fact that they're back engaging with the government, as they should".

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".

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Facebook is back in negotiations with the government after the tech platform made a decision to restrict users in Australia from sharing news content.

An article about how fake news would replace credible journalism in Australian feeds carried the headline, " "Fakebook" shows all it cares about is profit, not people".

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While Google struck license agreements with publishers including Murdoch-owned News Corp, Facebook has not.

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. Both share names with news outlets in Australia.

The ripples trailing the action of Facebook to ban news content in Australia has started reverberating, as the government has responded by claiming that the action of Facebook had severely endangered public safety, even as the country continues to tackle the coronavirus pandemic. Major Australian media organization Seven West Media also reached a deal earlier in the week.

"This is a business negotiation between multiple private companies and the Australian government", State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters.

Talking about the issue, he said he had discussed it with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau. Morrison was also discussing Australia's proposed law with the leaders of Britain, Canada and France.

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