Government stops ads: Australia’s conflict with Facebook escalates

Government stops ads
Australia’s conflict with Facebook escalates

The dispute between the Australian government and the Internet giant Facebook is escalating.

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The government will withdraw planned advertisements on Facebook, said the Australian Finance Minister Simon Birmingham on Monday the broadcaster Radio National. The revenue loss for Facebook could amount to 10.5 million Australian dollars (around 6.8 million euros) per year, reported the broadcaster ABC.

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.

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.

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