Feb 23, 2021

Facebook reverses ban on news pages in Australia

EPA. Facebook has announced it will restore news content to its users in Australia. The social media giant has blocked news to Australians since last Thursday in response to a proposed law which would make it and Google pay news publishers for content. Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said news pages would be restored on Facebook "In the coming days". The government has said its legislation aims to set up a "Fairer" negotiation process between the tech giants and news companies over the value of news content. "Going forward, the government has clarified we will retain the ability to decide if news appears on Facebook so that we won't automatically be subject to forced negotiation," said Campbell Brown, vice president of news partnerships at Facebook.

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