Prime Minister Scott Morrison has cited the 2019 Christchurch massacre and the distribution of images from the tragedy on social media as an example of how national governments can regulate technology giants. "What I'm pleased about it that Facebook is back at the table again". "And that's what we want to see", Morrison said at a press conference Saturday morning local time.
We're happy to listen to them on on the technical issues of this, just like we listened to Google and came to a sensible arrangement. "So I welcome the fact that they're back engaging with the government, as they should".
The company has "tentatively friended us again", he quipped.
The government, through a high-ranking official, Josh Frydenberg, stated that the government will not sit idly as Facebook attempts to bully Australia to tow its line by jettisoning the new legislation. It may be on a collision course with at least 7 other countries.
The ripples trailing the action of Facebook to ban news content in Australia has started reverberating, as the government has responded by claiming that the action of Facebook had severely endangered public safety, even as the country continues to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.
When asked about the Federal Government's response to Facebook's decision, Mr Morrison said global pressure on tech giants after the Christchurch massacre showed governments can affect change.
But the idea of shutting down the sort of sites they did yesterday as some sort of threat.
The law's implications on Australia's relations with major tech platforms are drawing attention from lawmakers in other countries who are mulling their own regulation measures.
Google, which has initially threatened to close its search engine in Australia, has announced host of preemptive licensing deals over the past week, including a global agreement with News Corp.