Friday 19th February 2021
Model of Australia’s media law
Canada joins wrestling with Facebook
Facebook is coming under increasing pressure because of its dispute with the Australian government. Canada announced a similar move against the platform as Australia.
The reason is the company’s decision to block all news content in Australia.
The background to this is that the parliament in Canberra should discuss a bill in the coming days. This would force platforms like Facebook and Google to share their advertising revenue from news content with media companies. Guilbeault is preparing a similar law for Canada. “Canada is at the forefront of this fight,” said the minister.
The re is a lot of interest in the world in what Australia is doing,” said Morrison. He called on Facebook to meet them. “Because you know what Australia is doing here, it will probably also follow in the legislation of many other western states.”
Worldwide criticism of Facebook
The German Association of Digital Publishers and Newspaper Publishers (BDZV) declared that Facebook was now showing “its true face”. British MP Julian Knight, in charge of media oversight, said Facebook is probably testing its limits in Australia. “So the way I see it, we are all behind Australia.”
The reform planned by the Australian government is receiving worldwide attention. In numerous states – including the USA itself – possible steps are being discussed to limit the power of the large American technology companies. Facebook shares fell two percent on Wall Street Thursday.