Australian PM says he has discussed country’s Facebook issue with Modi

Nick Clegg

Canada, India, France and the United Kingdom are just a few of the countries Morrison pointed to as preparing to emulate Australia in its stand for democratic principles against monopolistic mayhem.

The Australian law, which will force Facebook and Google to reach commercial deals with Australian publishers or face compulsory arbitration, has already been cleared by the federal Lower House and is expected to be passed by the Senate next week.

"We are working to see which model would be the most appropriate", Mr Guilbeault said, adding that he spoke last week to his French, Australian, German and Finnish counterparts about ensuring fair compensation for content.

But the idea of shutting down the sort of sites they did yesterday as some sort of threat.

There was public outrage at how the Facebook blockade was bungled, cutting access at least temporarily to pandemic, public health and emergency services.

"Look, I'll let legal minds go over those issues", Morrison said. "And we discuss that a lot".


Since the news blackout, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has said he would talk with Facebook about its move over the weekend.

Hunt said the authorities would use every channel to encourage Australians to get vaccinated, including messages on foreign language broadcaster SBS, but "there is the capacity to do paid advertising (on Facebook) and that element is not on the cards. for now". 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.

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

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

The company has "tentatively friended us again", he quipped. So each time a user posts a link to, say, The Sydney Morning Herald on Facebook, Facebook would have to pay The Sydney Morning Herald some money. No financial details were released. The British News Media Association also stated that Facebook's behavior indicates that stricter supervision may be required.

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