The Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Facebook page on February 18 is without a single post after the giant in Australia blocked the news content.
The social network Facebook announced that it will lift the ban on sharing news content with Australian users.
This came after agreeing with the Australian government to amend proposed legislation that requires digital giants such as Facebook and Google to pay for Australian news content. Facebook blocked news coverage for Australian users last week after the legislation was adopted by the lower house of parliament on Wednesday. It should be debated by the Senate on Tuesday.
Australian Finance Minister Josh Frydenberg and Communications Minister Paul Fletcher said in a joint statement that Facebook had informed the government of its intention to “rebuild the Australian news site in the coming days”.
Facebook has said it will negotiate contracts with Australian publishers under the banner of its Facebook News model. “We are pleased that the Australian Government has agreed to a number of changes and safeguards that address our main concerns regarding the licensing of commercial contracts that recognize the value that our platform provides to publishers, compared to the value we receive from them. As a result of these changes, we can now work on further investments in public interest journalism and renew Facebook messages for Australians in the coming days, ”said William Easton, Facebook’s regional executive director.
Google, which also fought the law, has meanwhile entered into content licensing agreements with Australia’s largest media companies. Through its News Showcase model, it has entered into agreements with more than 50 Australian titles. The model, which became operational in October, is used by more than 500 publishers worldwide.
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