Conflict has erupted between the social network Facebook and the Australian government. Tensions between Facebook and the government have risen since the Australian government ordered Facebook to pay for the news a month ago.
Facebook, meanwhile, has warned Australian users against sharing local and international news.
The threat comes a month after Google and Facebook were ordered to mediate to pay for the use of news items in the Australian media.
The government’s draft code of conduct, released a month ago, states that Google and Facebook must pay for the use of news content produced by commercial media companies. Other countries around the world have failed to do so, but Australia has tried to make payments to Google and Facebook through a code of conduct.
Now, Facebook has warned Australian users that any kind of news could not be shared. According to media reports, Facebook’s warning could cause problems for Australian users. Last month, Australian Finance Minister Joe Friedenberg said Google and Facebook would be targeted in the first phase and that the rule would be rolled out to other digital platforms.
The Australian media has been saying that it will help improve the economic condition of the Australian media house and solve the problem of staff cuts.
A spokesman for Facebook said it would soon release more information and procedures for banning Australian users from sharing news with the BBC.
Will Easton, managing director of Facebook Australia and New Zealand, said in a statement that making it impossible to share news was their last resort. This is the first time in the world that such an arrangement has been made by the Australian government. Following Facebook’s warning, the government called the response “threatening” and said it would continue to implement the policy.