Scott Morrison vows to push ahead with media bargaining code after social media giant blocks news in Australia. Follow all the developments live
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And inevitably questions have now turned to Facebook and the wiping of all news content for Australian users.
Morrison seems to be categorising the wiping of several key government and public health Facebook pages during the news blitz and “a threat” rather than an algorithmic mistake.
I would just say to Facebook this is Australia, if you want to do business here, you work according to our rules…
The idea of shutting down the sorts of sites they did yesterday, as some sort of threat, I know how Australians react to that and I thought that was not a good move on their part. They should move quickly past that, come back to the table and we will sort it out.
In case you were curious, Morrison says he will be getting vaccinated “very, very soon.”
This is, in part, to raise public confidence that the Pfizer vaccine is safe and effective.