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Mr Morrison has cited the 2019 Christchurch massacre and the distribution of images from the tragedy on social media as an example of how national governments can regulate technology giants.

The prime minister was asked about the Federal Government’s response to Facebook’s decision to block Australian news content.

He said international pressure on tech giants after the Christchurch massacre showed governments can affect change.

“When we dealt with those horrific scenes in Christchurch of the terrorist attack there on that mosque… the first thing we did, apart from consoling our Kiwi brothers and sisters, was to say that can’t happen. We called them out,” Mr Morrison said.

“I said to them on you can get an ad to me on your platforms in about two seconds but you’re telling me you can’t identify violent and extremist material and you can’t get rid of it? I am calling you on that.”

Mr Morrison said he was continuing to mobilise international support in the Federal Government’s stoush with Facebook.

“I would just say to Facebook: this is Australia, if you want to do business here, you work according to our rules. That is a reasonable proposition.”


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