Well, quite clearly, Facebook’s behaviour has been reprehensible. The idea that you block emergency service sites and others is quite shocking.

It’s not in Facebook’s interests either, it must be said. They’ve done a great deal of damage to their reputation. And businesses rely upon their reputation.

So, I’d say it’s in Mr Zuckerberg’s interests, and Facebook’s interests, to basically grow up, to accept that governments have a right to determine the regulatory framework in which businesses operate.

They need to recognise as well that the basic principle which people are talking about achieving here – that people be paid for news content – is a reasonable principle if we’re going to keep journalism going in this country.



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