A top Facebook official issued an apology on Friday, following which the ban was banned in Australia in the process for accidentally sifting the pages of some government and emergency services.
“It is a very difficult task. We have never done this before, ”said Simon Milner, vice president of public policy for the Asia-Pacific region, The Sydney Morning Herald reported. “We are sorry for some mistakes in implementation.”
But Milner failed to apologize for retaliating against a proposed law for Facebook that would allow him and Google to pay media outlets for news content they share on their sites.
A unilateral decision Thursday downed some 17 million Facebook users from locations including the Sydney Morning Herald, New York Post and Australian. But it also accidentally removed government and charity pages, as well as for Suicide Prevention Australia and Domestic Violence Services.
Facebook said it was working to restore some of those pages – though Milner suggested that the fix was not an easy one.
“There are still some pages that we are looking at, but some of them are really difficult that the law is not clear and so there may be some pages that were not clearly news, but actually under the law they are Can, ”he said. “This is one of the challenges for us. We are sorry for the mistakes we made on that front. “
The mega-popular social media site usually uses real people to determine what is and isn’t news content – but to issue the ban, the company relied on machine learning and artificial intelligence that mistakenly allowed pages Interchange removed, called Sydney Morning Herald.
Facebook staged the rebellion after the House of Representatives passed the News Media Bargaining Code, which would force Facebook and Google to negotiate with media companies that produce content to be shared on their platforms.
The Senate-chaired bill is expected to be passed next week.
Facebook has strongly opposed the proposed law, saying it “ignores the realities” of its relationship with publishers who use its service to “share news content” – a belief that doubled Milner .
“The scales are very widely tipped in favor of publishers, which should be a framework that enables commercial relationships,” he said.
in A blog post On Wednesday, Facebook claimed that “business gains from news are minimal,” adding that news makes up “less than 4 percent” of content on users’ feedback.
Milner said that in the meantime, the ball is in the Court of Australian Parliament.
“We are in the hands of the government,” he said. “If the law continues to make it possible for us to make news on Facebook, then there is no basis on which we can change it. If the law were to change, it creates opportunities for us to feel confident about having news on the service without being unfairly punished by this law. “
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Australia treasurer Josh Friedenberg said on Friday that he held a 30-minute conversation with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.
Friedenberg said they agreed to speak again over the weekend.
The Treasurer has previously stated that Google has 53 percent Australian online advertising revenue and Facebook 23 percent.
With post wires