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Facebook faces a global backlash over its bid to 'bully' Australia

February 19, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies remotely during a hearing to discuss reforming Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act with big tech companies on October 28, 2020 in Washington, DC. - US senators and tech CEOs girded for a clash Wednesday over a law making online services immune from liability for third-party content at a hearing set to debate Silicon Valley's handling of social media. (Photo by Greg Nash / POOL / AFP) (Photo by GREG NASH/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Facebook's decision to block people from sharing news in Australia has been rebuked by lawmakers around the world, raising the specter of a much wider showdown between the world's biggest social media platform and the governments and news organizations fighting to check its power.

London (CNN Business)Facebook's decision to block people from sharing news in Australia has been rebuked by lawmakers around the world, raising the specter of a much wider showdown between the world's biggest social media platform and the governments and news organizations fighting to check its power.

In a statement shared with CNN Business, Knight said that UK lawmakers will use pending legislation aimed at regulating social media companies to ensure platforms such as Facebook promote "trusted news sources. "

Canadian heritage minister Steven Guilbeault said on Twitter that "Facebook's actions are highly irresponsible and have jeopardized the safety of the Australian people. " "We will continue to move forward to put in place fair legislation between news media and web giants," he added.

The backlash followed a decision by Facebook on Wednesday to bar Australians from finding or sharing news from local and international outlets on its platform, escalating a fight with the government over a new law that will force tech companies to pay news publishers for content posted to their platforms.

The company believes it gives the government too much power to decide the price that platforms pay for news and which publishers are remunerated.

Henry Faure Walker, the chairman of Britain's News Media Association, said that Facebook's actions demonstrate why regulators need to coordinate globally to create a "truly level playing field between the tech giants and news publishers. "

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