Australia says Facebook endangered public safety with the new blockade

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

"And so I welcome the fact that they are back engaging with the government, as they should, and those actions were completely indefensible".

He also referred to the subsequent decision by senior Facebook Asia-Pacific executive Simon Milner to apologise for the platform accidentally blocking pages run by Australian charities, government agencies, and smaller businesses, including those pertaining to the coronavirus pandemic response.

"People are looking at what Australia is doing", he said. "My focus though is to get this issue resolved, positively, to ensure that the protections that we want to put in place".

A few days back, in a massive escalation of the brewing tensions between Facebook and the Australian government, the social networking company effectively banned all news content that originated from Australia from being seen by Aussies.

On Friday, Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said he had spoken with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and further talks were expected over the weekend. "We'd like to remain very friendly and it's time for them to friend us again".

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

Google has avoided paying for links inside its main search engine, the tabernacle that generates nearly all its profits, but agreed to pay for the right to carry news in Google News Showcase, a novel product that seems likely to exist nearly entirely as a regulatory sop, albeit one worth $100m (£71m) per year to News Corp.

According to preliminary reports, Facebook's move directly affects the traffic of Australian news sites.

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.

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

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

"I suspect that soon we will have five, 10, 15 countries adopting similar rules".



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