FURIOUS ministers warned Facebook they “won't shy away” from cracking down on the tech giant in the wake of their Australian newsfeed ban. Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said “nothing is off the table” – including billion pound fines – after he vowed to raise the “tech titans'” behaviour at this summer's G7. The social media giant was blasted for blocking news content in Australia after they introduced a law forcing tech giants to pay for news content on their platforms. Yesterday, Mr Dowden spoke with former Deputy PM Nick Clegg who now works for Facebook to warn them over their behaviour. Mr Dowden said: "Tech titans have become the gatekeepers of online knowledge and the custodians of virtual public squares, and the government won't shy away from intervening to protect the interests of the public when it needs to.” He added: "Turning the tap off on news in a global pandemic was a concerning move which looked like Facebook was putting its bottom line above the public interest. "I put these concerns to Facebook and set out our interest in levelling the playing field to enable proper commercial relationships to be formed. We must avoid such nuclear options being taken… Read full this story
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