Australia is not comfortable that Facecook has blocked access to news articles. Talks with the company will resume this weekend, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison reported.
“The company has befriended us again for the time being,” Morrison said on one press conference in Sydney.
The question is whether the conversations will yield anything. Facebook doesn’t appear to be paying for news article referrals, as the government has demanded. After all, Facebook does not use integral news, and users via Facebook always end up on the pages of major news organizations.
Facebook’s decision came as a complete surprise to the Canberra government Sydney Morning Herald. All the more so since Google was willing to enter into agreements with large media companies such as Seven West Media and Nine Entertainment.
Online news media immediately noticed the consequences. Traffic to the sites was down 13 percent.
Facebook did apologize for clearing several state government and emergency department accounts. Amnesty International, among others, with 360,000 followers, lost all its news articles.
Australia’s controversial media law has already been passed by the House of Representatives, but has yet to be approved by the Senate next week.
Source: Nieuws – Emerce by www.emerce.nl.
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