Facebook warned Monday that it will prevent people in Australia from sharing messages on its platform if the Australian government moves forward with a plan to force it and Google to pay news organizations for content shared on their platforms.
The announcement comes after the Australian Competition and Consumers Commission published its plan for a mandatory code of conduct in late July. Under the plan, news organizations can negotiate payments for their content with Google and Facebook – and if the groups can’t reach an agreement after a three-month process, “an independent arbitrator would decide which of the two offers is the final offer.” the most reasonable within 45 working days. ”
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