Facebook commence negotiations with the Australian government

Nick Clegg

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"Facebook to constructively engage because they know that what Australia will do here is likely to be followed by many other Western jurisdictions".

Some non-Australian outlets also appeared affected, with posts disappearing from Facebook pages belonging to Britain's Daily Telegraph and Sky News.

"There is a lot of world interest in what Australia is doing", Mr Morrison told reporters in Sydney.

I would just say to Facebook, this is Australia you want to do business here you work according to our rules, and that's a reasonable proposition.

This Friday, Australian Treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, said in an interview with local media that the Australian government will hold talks with Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, "the goal is to find a solution to the problem".

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

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.

Total traffic to the sites from various platforms fell from the day before the ban by around 13 per cent within the country and by about 30 per cent outside the country.

News Corp Australasia executive chairman Michael Miller confirmed the impact but said the number of Australians visiting the company's websites directly had risen.

Mr Miller suggested that the anti-trust regulator, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, should scrutinise Facebook's move.

A 3D printed Facebook logo is seen in front of displayed Australia's flag in this illustration photo taken February 18, 2021.

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. "We called them out", Mr Morrison said.

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

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