Australia escalates conflict with Facebook and stops ads

Facebook had blocked news pages on its platform for Australian users on Thursday. Since then, Facebook users can no longer share national or international journalistic content. The company is thus opposed to a bill by the Australian government that will force Google and Facebook to pay local media companies if they distribute their content. Australia wants to achieve that advertising revenue is distributed more fairly.

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Canada plans to proceed in a similar way as Australia in the dispute with Facebook

Facebook is coming under increasing pressure because of its dispute with the Australian government. Canada announced a similar crackdown on the platform as Australia.

Birmingham described the blocking of the news sites as “inappropriate” and accused Facebook of wanting to influence “democratic systems”. “We won’t tolerate that.” The government will not deviate from its proposed law.

Germany is also facing a reform of copyright law. This involves the implementation of an EU directive that was adopted in summer 2019 and which is to be implemented by June. The federal government emphasizes that the draft law provides for a fair balance of interests from which creatives, rights exploiters and users benefit equally. But there is also resistance. However, the draft is less radical and the debate is more moderate than in Australia. dpa

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