OTTAWA — Representatives of Facebook Canada warned Ottawa against the hasty introduction of rules that would force social media giants to pay for news content shared on their platforms, after Australia took an overly “loud and aggressive” tack on the same issue.
Kevin Chan, head of public policy at Facebook Canada, told the House of Commons heritage committee on Friday that the Australian government had effectively announced its plans to force the company to pay for the news content with minimal warning, souring negotiations and causing negative outcomes for both sides.
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“I was personally a bit troubled that those conversations had not happened before we heard very loud and aggressive commentary about us stealing content — which was false,” Chan said. “And I think that if we had had conversations, and productive ones, earlier, if we had actually talked to each other, we probably would be in a much better situation than we are today.”