Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Facebook to restore news content in Australia “in the next few days”


Facebook and Australia waved the white flag. The social network announced on Tuesday the lifting “in the coming days” of the blocking of news content in Australia. Australian Finance Minister Josh Frydenberg and Facebook Australia Managing Director Will Easton said they had found a compromise on one of the key points of this text to which the US giants of the sector are fiercely opposed. The law aimed to force the tech giants to pay the media for the recovery of their content.

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“With these changes, we can now work to continue our investment in public service journalism and restore Facebook news to Australians in the days ahead,” said Will Easton.

Agreements with planned media

Last week, Facebook blocked the publication of links to news articles and media pages nationwide. Several official rescue service Facebook pages were also unintentionally affected. This retaliatory measure sparked indignation in Australia as well as in many countries.

The compromise means that the behemoths Facebook and Google – particularly targeted by this bill – should not be punished as long as they make deals with media outlets in exchange for the use of their content.

Read more: In Australia, Google now offers media partnerships



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