Facebook said it would restrict publishers and users in Australia from browsing or sharing news articles, adding to a deadlock between the company and the Australian government over a proposal to force technology companies to pay newspapers for news content, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.
According to the report, Facebook’s move will lead to the global blocking of Australian publishers’ content on Facebook, and at the same time, it will not be able to see Australian domestic and international news content on Facebook in Australia.
In July 2020, the Australian parliament approved a draft code of conduct, giving Facebook and Google three months to negotiate an agreement with publishers to pay publishers for news content they publish from publishers, according to the Chinese website of the Wall Street Journal. The Australian Competition and Consumer Council said the new rules would initially apply only to Facebook and Google, but could be included if other digital platforms gain unfair bargaining power in future negotiations with Australian media companies.
According to the finance Associated Press, on February 5 local time, Google officially launched the news showcase in Australia. The news content displayed was provided by institutions that Google paid for. The company also said it had reached a payment agreement with seven Australian news media. But the move is still the latest in Google’s attempt to persuade the country to abandon its mandatory press copyright bill.