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Facebook in talks with Australian government after news ban

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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.

Facebook said on Thursday the proposed Australian law "fundamentally misunderstands the relationship between our platform and publishers who use it", indicating it is not yet ready to submit to Canberra.

The social media company announced this week that it would curtail Australian publishers' abilities to share or post content on its pages and limit Australian users from viewing or sharing worldwide publishers' links and posts. Furthermore, a Facebook executive has apologized for wrongly closing pages operated by charities and other government organizations. "So I welcome the fact that they're back engaging with the government, as they should". Traffic to Australian news sites from Facebook alone plummeted from 21 per cent to 2 per cent within Australia, and from 30 per cent to 4 per cent outside the country.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 18: In this photo illustration ABC News reports on Facebook's news ban on Australian and global content on February 18, 2021 in Sydney, Australia. "My focus though is to get this issue resolved, positively, to ensure that the protections that we want to put in place".

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".

In its statement announcing the move in Australia, Facebook said the Australian law "misunderstood" its value to publishers.

"The $7 billion online advertising market is completely for Google and Facebook".

The internet giant shocked the world by prohibiting Australian users from sharing news. The British News Media Association also stated that Facebook's behavior indicates that stricter supervision may be required. It may be on a collision course with at least 7 other countries.

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