Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison told Facebook on Friday to lift the ban on users in Australia and start talks with news publishing institutions. Along with this, he also warned that other countries can also adopt their government’s steps to collect fees from digital companies in exchange for sharing news. Morrison said that he spoke to Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi on Thursday about the Facebook controversy. He is also talking with the leaders of Britain, Canada and France about this proposed legislation of Australia.
“Many countries are interested in what Australia is doing,” he said. So I invite Facebook to interact in a constructive way, just like Google, because they know that many Western countries can follow what Australia is going to do here. ” Access to news and sharing it threatened Facebook’s ban.
In fact, Facebook had banned the sharing of news in Australia, showing strong attitude. This move of the social media company has led to a lot of controversy among the government, media and powerful technology companies. The company has taken this step in retaliation against a proposed law regarding payment to media institutions (by a social media company) in exchange for news sharing on Facebook in Australia.
“The idea of closing some sites, as they did yesterday, is a kind of danger,” Morrison told reporters. I know how the people of Australia will react to this. I think this step was not right for him. They will have to move ahead of this as soon as possible, come to the negotiating table and we will then resolve it. ”
Facebook’s moratorium has been widely criticized in the country as the social media company has blocked access to epidemics, public health and emergency services, although this has been done temporarily. Facebook announced on Thursday that it had stopped the service of viewing or sharing news on its platform for Australians in view of proposed laws to pay for news in Australia.
The House of Representatives passed a bill on Wednesday night that provided a fair compensation to Australian media companies for Facebook and Google for the news that they feature on social media platforms. It will take the form of legislation only after it is passed in the Senate.