Facebook faceoff turns global as PM seeks international support!
The face-off over Facebook is turning global with the Morrison Government seeking international support as it tries to reduce the power of the tech giant.
On Thursday Facebook banned Australian users and publishers from sharing or viewing news articles on its platform in response to the government’s media bargaining code which seeks to force tech giants to pay for news content.
Prime Minster Scott Morrison spoke with Indian Prime Minster Narendra Modi to make sure the country was on the same page and understood Australia’s concerns.
India is a significant ally when it comes to Facebook since the country has around 320 million users.
In a statement released yesterday Mr Morrison said Facebook’s bans confirmed the concerns of an increasing number of countries about the power of big tech companies “who think they are bigger than governments”.
“They may be changing the world, but that doesn’t mean they run it,” he said.
“We will not be intimidated by BigTech seeking to pressure our Parliament as it votes on our important News Media Bargaining Code”.
Credit to: Sky News Australia.