Australian media Nine News and The Herald Sun report that the parties have agreed that Australian news media will regain access to Facebook in the next few days.
Facebook halted previous news sharing in Australia. The reason was the bill that requires Google and Facebook to pay for news content.
The law is being considered by the Australian Senate. It is expected that the law will be voted on in the National Assembly’s upper chamber as early as Wednesday, writes Sydney Morning Herald.
New addition to the bill
According to the newspaper, the bill was amended Tuesday morning local time. Sources state that the supplement includes a two-month transition period, to give the parties better time to agree on the way forward.
“Because of these changes, we can now work to invest in journalism, and give access to news on Facebook to Australians in the coming days,” Facebook’s Australia boss Will Easton told AFP.
Australian authorities and Facebook have negotiated over the weekend.
Technology giant Google was also opposed to the bill, but last week Google entered into an agreement with several news companies in Australia.
Among them is Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp, which is one of the largest media groups in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Facebook has received criticism
In Australia, the network companies Twitter, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Redbubble and TikTok have entered into an agreement on a joint response to what they believe is misinformation about the new media law.
The technology companies fear that more countries may do the same as Australia. The Australian Bill is of its kind.
Several have criticized Facebook for stopping access to news in Australia. Among them is British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
– We are of course concerned that access to news will be limited in Australia. We will always protect freedom of expression and journalism, a spokesman for Johnson told The Guardian.
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