Shortly before the final vote in parliament, MPs in Australia no longer made any changes to the media law, which has been severely criticized by US technology giants such as Facebook or Google. </p><div> <p>"<a href="https://www.de24.news/"><img class="alignnone size-medium" src="https://www.de24.news/a1/de24.png" alt="© www.de24.news" width="400" height="20" /></a><p> The law as it is ... is appropriate," said Australian Treasury Secretary Simon Birmingham on Monday on Australian Broadcasting Corp Radio. <a href="https://www.de24.news/"><img class="alignnone size-medium" src="https://www.de24.news/a1/de24.png" alt="© www.de24.news" width="400" height="20" /></a><p> The politicians are expected to pass the law in a final vote on Tuesday.</p>
The reform will force platforms like Facebook and Google to share the advertising revenue they generate with news content with media houses. In protest, Facebook had surprisingly blocked all media links last week and thus triggered criticism worldwide. In the meantime, Canada and Great Britain have announced that they will consider steps similar to Australia. According to the draft, the tech companies should first sit down with the media houses to agree on payments. If this does not succeed, an intermediary appointed by the government decides.
The re’s no reason Facebook can’t do what Google has already done.” Talks between the Australian government and Facebook over the weekend did not lead to any result.
The announcement came at the start of the Australian vaccination campaign against the coronavirus. Health Secretary Greg Hunt said the government would advertise the vaccinations online, just not on Facebook.