You don’t a company Facebook is completely canceling friendship with Australia, according to Agency Reuters, the social network is currently negotiating with Australian authorities, a few days after it banned users in the country from sharing news links.
And Australian Prime Minister (Scott Morrison) announced at a press conference that the company had made a tentative friendship to Australia again and that it was back at the negotiating table.
The company is expected to hold more talks with Australian authorities over the weekend, according to Australian Treasury Secretary (Josh Frydenberg) Josh Frydenberg, who said: He spoke to the company’s president (Mark Zuckerberg) Mark Zuckerberg.
The social network banned Australian publishers and residents from publishing or sharing news content a few days ago in response to a proposed law in the country requiring it to pay media outlets for their content.
However, by doing so, it accidentally prevented publication on the pages of various government agencies and nonprofits.
And Facebook’s sudden decision to block Australians from sharing news on the site erased many state government and emergency department accounts, causing widespread outrage.
Facebook has not publicly indicated any change in its opposition to the proposed law requiring social media platforms to pay for links to news content.
The proposed law has been a point of contention between the Australian government and tech giants such as Facebook and Google, since last year.
Originally, Australia wanted to make payments to news outlets voluntary, but changed the proposed law to make payments compulsory after the coronavirus affected news outlet advertising revenue.
Google backed away from its plans to launch curated news in the country, and previously said: It would disable the search if the proposal was implemented, however, Google recently signed a three-year agreement to pay for the content.
Australian legislation is widely monitored abroad, and Canadian Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault said his country is adopting the Australian approach as it develops its own legislation in the coming months.
Facebook’s move had an immediate effect on traffic to Australian sites, and the total number of visits to Australian news sites from various platforms fell from the day before the ban by about 13 percent in the country.