Facebook Reverses News Ban on Australia

Facebook has decided to reverse its sweeping ban on news content in Australia after the tech giant and the federal government agreed to amendments to the impending media payment law. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and the Australian government have been engaged in eleventh-hour discussions since the ban came into place last Thursday. By Tuesday Eastern Standard Time, a deal was finally brokered. “The government has been advised by Facebook that it intends to restore Australian news pages in the coming days,” according to a statement by Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and Communications Minister Paul Fletcher. “These amendments will provide further clarity to digital platforms and news media businesses about the way the Code is intended to operate …” they said. Some amendments include giving companies one month notice before they were designated as coming under the ambit of the News Media Bargaining Code and extending the amount of time for …

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