The dispute between Facebook and the Australian government has made new progress.
According to the U.S The Hill, Australian Prime Minister Morrison said on the 20th that Facebook had resumed negotiations with the Australian government, and he was “sady” about it.
“I’m relieved that Facebook is back at the negotiating table.
This is exactly what we want to see.” Morrison said at a press conference on the 20th, “We want to solve this problem.
So I welcome them to re-engage with the government, as they should do.”
Morrison also joked that Facebook “for the time being friends again,” the report said.
On the evening of the 17th, the Australian House of Representatives passed the Mandatory Negotiation Bill on News Media and Digital Platforms, which aims to redistribute profits in the Internet economy and force technology giants to negotiate with media companies to compensate for the use of media content. The Sydney Morning Herald reported that the bill will be voted on by the Senate next week and will take effect as soon as next week.
Facebook began to prohibit Australian users from sharing and browsing news on its platform on the 18th.
As a result, Australian users were once unable to browse the Facebook account content of local weather, firefighting, health and other public services.
Morrison pointed out that Facebook’s move was like “bullying” on the same day, and said on the 19th that he would not ignore Facebook’s threat and urged Facebook to return to the negotiating table.
ABC said that Australian Treasury Secretary Josh Friedenberg said on the 19th that he had held two talks with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg after Facebook blocked Australian media content.
The two sides will hold further talks on the same day and try to find a way to solve the problem.