Australian PM says he has discussed country’s Facebook issue with Modi

Andrew Cummings
February 21, 2021

Hunt said the authorities would use every channel to encourage Australians to get vaccinated, including messages on foreign language broadcaster SBS, but "there is the capacity to do paid advertising (on Facebook) and that element is not on the cards. for now".

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.

Facebook announced this week that it would curtail Australian publishers' abilities to share or post content on its pages and limit Australian users from viewing or sharing worldwide publishers' links and posts. Traffic to Australian news sites from Facebook alone plummeted from 21 per cent to 2 per cent within Australia, and from 30 per cent to 4 per cent outside the country. "And so I welcome the fact that they are back engaging with the government, as they should, and those actions were completely indefensible".


Facebook restored some government pages later, but those of several charity, nonprofit and even neighbourhood groups remained dark. "This is what we want to see, and we want to solve this problem".

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 18: In this photo illustration ABC News reports on Facebook's news ban on Australian and global content on February 18, 2021 in Sydney, Australia. Furthermore, we expect the Australian parliament to pass this law next week.

The conservative coalition leader spoke just 24-hours he branded Facebook's move to block news in the country as "arrogant", warning against "Big Tech companies who think they are bigger than governments and that the rules should not apply to them", as Breitbart News reported. In this regard, we are working hard to create a level playing field...


Here's the argument, from the perspective of the news publishers.

Furthermore, Canadian Minister of Culture Steven Guilbeault strongly condemned Facebook's prohibition of Australian users from sharing news calling it "highly irresponsible" and saying that he would follow Australia's steps and establish a partnership that requires digital platforms to pay for news content. The settlement of the dispute is also being closely watched by lawmakers in other countries.


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