The law is expected to be passed by the end of the week, despite strong opposition from the major social media, writes Reuters.
Facebook has stopped sharing news in Australia in response to the bill. The blockade has also affected information from Australian government agencies, including about the coronary vaccination.
Negotiated this weekend
Australian authorities and Facebook have negotiated over the weekend, but the law will not be changed, says Minister of Finance Simon Birmingham to the broadcaster ABC.
“The law as it stands ensures that Australian news organizations can and should be paid for content in a fair way,” said Birmingham.
On Monday, the law is up for debate in the Australian Senate, after it was passed in the lower house last week. Facebook has so far not commented on the case on Monday.
Both Google and Facebook have fought against the bill, but last week Google signed an agreement with several news companies in Australia.
– There is no reason why Facebook can not do the same, says the Minister of Finance.
Holds back advertising dollars
Health Minister Greg Hunt says the Australian Ministry of Health will no longer pay for advertising space on Facebook. This is the latest escalation of the conflict between the Australian authorities and the internet giant, which continues to block the sharing of news in the country, reports the news agency AFP.
The ad cut comes at a time when Australia is launching an information campaign worth NOK 211 million to create awareness about coronary vaccination and counteract misinformation and conspiracy theories.
– All available funds will be used. We will still publish information in that channel, we will just not pay for better coverage, Hunt says.
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