Facebook to restore news sharing content in Australia
Published: 12:21 PM, 23 February 2021
Facebook said on Tuesday it will lift the ban on Australian news pages.
The social media giant made the announcement after the government agreed to amend the media law.
It is learned that the Australian government’s Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and Facebook reached a compromise on key aspects of the law which would force ‘the global tech companies to pay news companies for content” that appears on their platforms.
The compromise means Facebook and Google are unlikely to be penalized so long as they reach some deals with local media firms to pay for news.
The two companies had objected to the legislation that made negotiations with media companies mandatory and gave an independent Australian arbiter the right to impose a settlement.
“Due to the compromise, Facebook can now work to further investment in journalism and restore news on Facebook for Australian s in the coming days,” said Will Easton, managing director of Facebook Australia.
He added: “We’re pleased that we’ve been able to reach an agreement with the Australian government and appreciate the constructive discussions we’ve had.”
Social media sparked a global outcry last week by blocking news for Australian users and inadvertently blocking a series of non-news Facebook pages linked to everything from cancer charities to emergency response services.