The country’s finance minister said on Sunday that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg called Australian MPs last week to discuss rules that would allow Internet giants to pay for content to the news media, but failed to convince them Change the policy.

Zuckerberg “reached out to discuss the code and its impact on Facebook,” and last week with social media billionaires, Australian Treasury Secretary Josh Frydenberg (Josh Frydenberg) and Communications Minister Paul Fletcher (Paul Fletcher) had a constructive discussion.

Friedenberg said to the ABC: “No, Mark Zuckerberg did not convince me to accept your request.”

A Facebook spokeswoman in Australia said the company’s executives regularly meet with government stakeholders on a range of topics.

She said: “We are actively working with the Australian government with the goal of establishing a viable framework to support Australia’s news ecosystem.”

Australia intends to enact a law to force the world’s largest social media platform Facebook and Internet search giant Google to negotiate payments to media companies whose content drives website visits. If the parties cannot reach an agreement on payment, the arbitrator appointed by the government will determine the cost for them.

Facebook and Google opposed the “news media bargaining law” and launched a public campaign against it. Google has threatened to withdraw its search engine from Australia, and Facebook warned that if the law is implemented, it will stop Australians from sharing news content on its website.

In this month’s Senate investigation into the plan law, the local heads of the two companies outlined their opposition to the plan, which will be one of the toughest plans to deal with the financial impact of global Internet companies on domestic media. Advertisement Income.

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Friedenberg said on the ABC: “Someone told us that if we continue to do this, we will break the Internet.”

“What I know is that media businesses should pay for content.”

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