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Facebook in negotiations with Australia government after news ban

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Saturday said Facebook is back in negotiations with the government

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Australian Prime Minister on Saturday said is back in negotiations with the government after the tech platform decided to restrict users in from sharing news content.

"What I'm pleased about is that Facebook's back at the table. And that's what we want to see," Morrison said at a press conference on Saturday morning local time as quoted by The Hill. "We want to work through this issue. So I welcome the fact that they're back engaging with the government, as they should."

The company has "tentatively friended us again," he quipped.

The comments mark the latest development in back-and-forth between Sydney and over a proposed law that would make the platform pay publishers for content.

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 publishers' links and posts.

The Hill reported that Morrison came out swinging against the proposal, urging to reverse its decision.

"The idea of shutting down the sorts of sites they did yesterday, as some sort of threat -- well, I know how Australians react to that and I thought that was not a good move on their part," Morrison said Friday.

"Those actions were completely indefensible," he added on Saturday.

According to the news outlet, 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.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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First Published: Sat, February 20 2021. 18:29 IST
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