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

Remigio Civitarese
Febbraio 20, 2021

The conservative coalition leader spoke just 24-hours he branded Facebook's move to block news in the country as "arrogant", warning against "Big Tech companies who think they are bigger than governments and that the rules should not apply to them", as Breitbart News reported.

"What I'm pleased about is that Facebook's back at the table". "We want to work through this issue".

Asked whether he expected to receive global support from other nations following Facebook's controversial move, Morrison said he spoke to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday about the issue, among other world leaders including Canadian leader Justin Trudeau.

"People are looking at what Australia is doing", he said, before adding he had enjoyed "exchanges also with Prime Minister Trudeau, and I know Prime Minister Johnson is very interested".

"I said to them on you can get an ad to me on your platforms in about two seconds but you're telling me you can't identify violent and extremist material and you can't get rid of it?"

The law's implications on Australia's relations with major tech platforms are drawing attention from lawmakers in other countries who are mulling their own regulation measures. This was a direct response to the new law that sought to compel Facebook and others to pay publishers for news content displayed on their platforms.

The government, through a high-ranking official, Josh Frydenberg, stated that the government will not sit idly as Facebook attempts to bully Australia to tow its line by jettisoning the new legislation.

Morrison retaliated by saying his government was "happy to listen to them on the technical issues", but remained determined to press ahead.

The code requires companies like Google and Facebook to "negotiate" and enter into agreements with news publishers for the right to display links to news on their apps and websites.

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

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