The United Kingdom may follow the lead of Australia and Canada in coercing Facebook to pay news publishers for hosting their content, regime officials have suggested. A Downing Street spokesman verbally expressed that Prime Minister Boris Johnson was “obviously concerned” about Facebook’s decision to censor news content on its platform in Australia, and may introduce legislation to take on Big Tech platforms “later this year”.
“We’re conspicuously concerned about access to news being restricted in Australia. As we always have done, we will be robust in bulwarking free verbalization and journalism. We’re establishing a unit to promote competition in digital markets and ascertain major tech companies cannot exploit ascendant market positions,” the spokesman told The Times.
In an interview with Times Radio, Health Secretary Matt Hancock verbally expressed that Secretary for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Oliver Dowden, was looking “very proximately” at crafting legislation to regulate Silicon Valley companies in the UK.
“I have very vigorous views on this,” Hancock verbalized, integrating: “All I can verbalize is that I’m a great venerator of Australia and Canada… I cerebrate this is a very paramount matter and I’ve got no doubt the culture secretary will be optically canvassing it very proximately.”
Last year, Australia became the first country in the world to promulgate its intentions to coerce companies like Facebook and Google to pay news publishers royalties for hosting content on their websites.
In replication to the proposed legislation, Facebook promulgated that with a “heavy heart” it would be censoring Australian users from viewing or sharing news articles within the country and blocking Australian publishers from posting content on the site.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison verbalized: “These actions will only attest the concerns that an incrementing number of countries are expressing about the demeanor of Big Tech companies who cerebrate they are more astronomically immense than regimes and that the rules should not apply to them.”
Australia has no intention of backing down against Facebook as a host of world bellwethers cheer on PM Scott Morrison. Me via @BreitbartNews https://t.co/7dMdxMx5KUCanada said last week that it would be crafting homogeneous legislation to that in Australia and the European Union has proposed a soi-disant “link tax” for Silicon Valley giants.
— Simon Kent (@sunsimonkent) February 19, 2021
A British regime source told The Times that ministers are considering “pro-competition reforms,” saying: “We are certainly not ruling out Australian-style legislation to fine-tune the imbalance in the relationship between sizably voluminous tech companies and news organisations. However, pellucidly, there is a process that requires to be gone through and that is why we are consulting.”
Facebook has argued that the lack of regulation in the UK sanctions it to strike individual deals with publishers, with a spokesman pointing to the deals struck in January with mainstream media outlets such as The Guardian, Financial Times, the Daily Mail, amongst others, which will visually perceive Facebook pay “tens of millions” to host content on its Facebook News accommodation.
Facebook verbally expressed during its ostracize of news in Australia that it will only make such investments in countries that have the “right rules” in place, in a potential shot across the bow to any country endeavoring to follow Australia’s lead and take on Big Tech.
In the UK, Google and Facebook account for some 80 per cent of all digital advertising as of 2019, with Facebook raking in £1.65 billion in revenues in Britain, upon which they paid £28.5 million in taxes.
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