Australia says Facebook in talks with government after news ban
21 February, 2021, 03:30
"What I'm pleased about is that Facebook's back at the table".
While Google struck license agreements with publishers including Murdoch-owned News Corp, Facebook has not.
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.
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.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison during a press conference at Parliament House. "So I welcome the fact that they're back engaging with the government, as they should". "And we discuss that a lot".
Google accounts for 53 percent of Australian online advertising revenue and Facebook 23 percent, according to Treasurer Josh Frydenberg.
The social media company 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 global publishers' links and posts.
Various news sites are seen on Facebook on February 18, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia.
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.
"It's not OK to unfriend Australia because Australia is very friendly", Morrison said.
The company has "tentatively friended us again", he quipped. So each time a user posts a link to, say, The Sydney Morning Herald on Facebook, Facebook would have to pay The Sydney Morning Herald some money. No financial details were released.
Here's the argument, from the perspective of the news publishers.