[Report from Canberra] Australian Federal Treasury Secretary Josh Frydenberg confirmed that he had already had another phone conversation with Facebook founder Zuckerberg on Friday morning to try to resolve issues related to media payment regulations. .Prime Minister Scott Morrison stated that he would not respond to Facebook's threats, which "is not a good way to deal with this government."
The Australian government is still firmly introducing pay-for-news legislation designed to ensure that news companies can get paid for content shared online.
Morrison said that he just wanted to tell Facebook that this is Australia. If you want to do business in Australia, you must work in accordance with Australian regulations.The government is happy to hear their concerns about technology, but in response to Facebook’s threat of shutting down various sites like Thursday, he knows the reaction of Australians. For Facebook, this is not a good move. They should be quick Step back and return to the negotiating table. Everyone solves the problem together. The government has always stood firm.
Morrison also criticized Facebook's arrogance for shutting down emergency services and community pages.
Morrison stated on his Facebook account that Facebook has taken actions that are unfriendly to Australia today and cut off basic information services related to health and emergency services. This is both disappointing and arrogant.Facebook’s move confirms global concerns about the behavior of large technology companies.They may be changing the world, but this does not mean that they can control the world.
Facebook said that there is a problem with the wording of government media payment regulations. They have no choice but to close the health and emergency services pages. However, the agency will remove the blockade of all pages that are unintentionally affected.
Feidenberg said that the two sides discussed the remaining issues during the exchange and agreed that their teams will resolve these issues immediately.The two sides will talk again this weekend. He reiterated that Australia is still committed to the implementation of the law and he was disappointed by the “unnecessary and severe” ban on news and information in Australia.Feidenberg said that the purpose of media payment regulations is far more than just paying reasonable fees for journalism. It is not just a matter of one or two commercial transactions. It is also closely related to Australian sovereignty. It is also a matter of Australia's enactment of laws for Australians. It's about the rules of the Internet and copying the rules of the real world in the digital world.
Fedenberg also called on other countries to support Australia in order to force digital giants to pay for locally produced news published on its platform.
Morrison said that he had talked with the Prime Minister of India, the President of France and the Prime Minister of Canada, hoping to obtain his support for the Australian operations.Many countries in the world are following Australia's actions.
The head of the Digital and Media Committee of the British Parliament has stated that Facebook should be "ashamed" of its actions.
At present, the media giant shows no signs of shrinking.
Milner, the head of public policy for the Asia-Pacific region of Facebook, told the ABC that the prohibition of access to non-news pages reflects the broad definition of "news" in the law criticized by Facebook. The organization has pointed out that the law has a wide range of definitions for news. It's vague, but it is true that some pages are "unintentionally" involved.
Opposition leader Anthony Albanese said that Facebook’s decision to block emergency service sites was shocking. Facebook’s actions should be condemned and have caused great damage to its reputation. Companies rely on reputation.
Albanese said that Facebook should accept the idea of paying media companies for content to ensure the vitality of journalism.It is in Zuckerberg's and Facebook's interests to accept the regulatory framework in which the government has the power to determine business operations.
Facebook did not issue any notice before banning the Australian news page, but this is not surprising.Facebook threatened to ban news releases to Australians as early as August last year, and repeated this ultimatum before the Senate questioning in January.
Although the Labor Party criticized the government’s approach to negotiations, it may still support the bill in the Senate. (Child force)
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