Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison called Facebook “arrogant” on Thursday after the platform moved to block news in the country.
“Facebook’s actions to unfriend Australia today, cutting off essential information services on health and emergency services, were as arrogant as they were disappointing,” Morrison said on his Facebook page.
“These actions will only confirm the concerns that an increasing number of countries are expressing about the behaviour of Big Tech companies who think they are bigger than governments and that the rules should not apply to them,” he continued.
New legislation in Australia would force Facebook and Google to pay news publishers for content, which has led to Facebook blocking and censoring content from that country.
Google, on the other hand, signed deals to pay three major Australian media outlets for content. India and the UK may have plans to follow suit in demanding payment as well.
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