Facebook in talks with Australian government after news blackout

From Thursday, Australians could no longer post links to news articles or view the Facebook pages of Australian outlets, which are also barred from sharing their content. 

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Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg on Friday held talks with Australian government over law that will force the social media giant to pay for content. Australian PM Scott Morrison has taken a tuff stand and has said that the country will not yield to ‘threats’ from big tech.

From Thursday, Australians could no longer post links to news articles or view the Facebook pages of Australian outlets, which are also barred from sharing their content.
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said he had spoken with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Friday, and that negotiations would continue over the weekend.

“We talked through their remaining issues and agreed our respective teams would work through them immediately,” Frydenberg said on Twitter.Australian PM Scott Morrison told media in Sydney that Facebook’s ban constituted ‘threat'”I thought that was not a good move on their part, and they should move quickly past that, come back to the table,” he said.Facebook’s news ban has come in response to a planned Australian law which will force tech giants like Facebok and Google to to pay major Australian outlets for carrying snippets or links to their content on the platformsMorrison said the legislation — due to be debated by Australia’s Senate on Monday in the next step towards it becoming law — was garnering interest from other world leaders.

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