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UPDATE 1-It's time to get tough with 'bully' Facebook after Australia move, senior UK lawmaker says

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LONDON, Feb 18 (Reuters) - Facebook's move to blockall media content in Australia is a staggeringly irresponsibleattempt to bully a democracy and will stiffen the resolve oflegislators across the world to get tough with the tech giants,a senior British lawmaker said.

"This action - this bully boy action - that they'veundertaken in Australia will I think ignite a desire to gofurther amongst legislators around the world," Julian Knight,chair of the British Parliament's Digital, Culture, Media andSport Committee, told Reuters.

"We represent people and I'm sorry but you can't runbulldozer over that - and if Facebook thinks it'll do that itwill face the same long-term ire as the likes of big oil andtobacco," Knight said.

The social media giant shocked Australia on Thursday when itblocked all media content from its platform in a stunningescalation of a dispute with the government over paying forcontent.

The move came after the government of Scott Morrison drafteda law to require Facebook and Google to reachcommercial deals with news outlets whose links drive traffic totheir platforms, or be subjected to forced arbitration to agreea price.

"If you gain value from carrying trusted sources ofinformation - in the same way as if you gain value for examplefrom music streams - then those that carry those and then selladvertising off the back of that value, should pay for it,"Knight said.

"I think they're almost using Australia as a test ofstrength for global democracies as to whether or not they wishto impose restrictions on the way in which they do business, orcorrections to the way in which they operate within markets. So,we're all behind Australia in my view."

Asked if Facebook and other tech giants had got too big fortheir boots, Knight said: "That's the understatement of thecentury isn't it?"

"The way in which you tackle the tech giants in a positiveway is to look at competition," he said.(Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge; Editing by Kate Holton andAlistair Smout)