Facebook The “domineering” move in Australia shows the need for regulation, says the UK media trading agency

Facebook’s move to block all media in Australia shows why countries around the world need robust regulation to prevent tech giants from behaving like a “schoolyard bully,” media group head said. of UK news. News Media Association President Henry Faure Walker told Facebook’s ban during a global pandemic was “a classic example of monopoly power being the schoolyard bully, trying to protect its dominant position with little respect for citizens and customers. which presumably serves “.

“Facebook’s actions in Australia demonstrate precisely why we need jurisdictions around the world, including the UK, to coordinate to provide robust regulation to create a level playing field between tech giants and news publishers.” The social media giant shocked Australia on Thursday when it blocked all media content from its platform in an extraordinary escalation of a dispute with the government over the payment of content.

The move came after Scott Morrison’s government drafted a law to be required Facebook and Google to reach commercial agreements with news organizations whose links drive traffic to their platforms or to be subject to forced arbitration to agree on a price. The legislation, which is expected to be passed by the Australian parliament within days, has prompted Google to make pre-emptive deals with several outlets in recent days.

Facebook he said the law “fundamentally misunderstands” the relationship between itself and publishers and has faced a clear-cut choice to comply or ban news content. Facebook argues that the UK media market is different after launch Facebook News through partnerships with publishers such as the Daily Mail group, Financial Times, Guardian and Telegraph.

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News Highlights:

  • The legislation, which is expected to be passed by the Australian parliament within days, has prompted Google to make pre-emptive deals with several outlets in recent days. Facebook he said the law “fundamentally misunderstands” the relationship between itself and publishers and has faced a clear-cut choice to comply or ban news content.
  • Facebook The “domineering” move in Australia shows the need for regulation, says the UK media trading agency