Australia says Facebook in talks with government after news ban

Facebook Australia Restricts News Publishers And Users In Response To Proposed Media Bargaining Laws

The move, which also erased several state government and emergency department accounts as well as nonprofit charity sites, caused widespread outrage.

"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?"

Hours before Australia began inoculations with the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, Health Minister Greg Hunt said the government would embark on a wide-ranging communication campaign, including online, to ensure vulnerable people turned up for a shot.

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

Google paid up, but Facebook instead has blocked news from reaching its Australian users. "This is what we want to see, and we want to solve this problem".

On Friday, Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said he had spoken with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and further talks were expected over the weekend.

In its statement announcing the move in Australia, Facebook said the Australian law "misunderstood" its value to publishers.

Ted Cruz flies to Cancun as frozen Texas battles deadly power outages
Greg Abbott noting that 1.6 million customers had power restored on Wednesday. "Texans are dying and you're on a flight to Cancun. At least 24 people in the state have died this week. "Congressional lawmakers are also ripping into Cruz over his visit".

The block on its platform led to a 13 percent drop in traffic to those sites, according to Reuters.

Canada's Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault late on Thursday said his country would adopt Australia's approach as it crafts its own legislation in the coming months.

Gallery: Facebook took the nuclear option in Australia.

Canadian media organisations previous year warned that the country would lose 700 print journalism jobs out of 3,100 in total, if the government did not act.

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.

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. The British News Media Association also stated that Facebook's behavior indicates that stricter supervision may be required. "Is Facebook going to cut ties with Germany, with France?" he asked, saying that at some point Facebook's approach would become "totally unsustainable".

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