“Facebook's actions were unnecessary, they were heavy-handed and they will damage its reputation here in Australia," said Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, who added that he was given no warning before Facebook acted.
Facebook said the proposed Australian law “fundamentally misunderstands the relationship between our platform and publishers who use it."
“This is an assault on a sovereign nation," Health Minster Greg Hunt told Parliament. “It is an assault on people's freedom and, in particular, it's an utter abuse of big technologies' market power and control over technology."
'Won't change law'
The Australian government had earlier said that it will not change proposed laws that would make Google and Facebook ay news outlets for content.
"The bill as it stands ... meets the right balance," Simon Birmingham, Australia's Minister for Finance, told Australian Broadcasting Corp Radio.
The laws would give the government the right to appoint an arbitrator to set content licencing fees if private negotiations fail.