Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Facebook’s turnaround: Allows news in Australia


Last week, Facebook blocked the possibility of sharing news on the platform in Australia. The decision was a response to a law passed by the country’s House of Representatives, which means that Facebook will soon have to replace news media in order to share news links in Australia.

But Facebook’s actions received strong criticism. And now the social media platform is turning on the issue and within the next few days, Facebook will again start showing news in Australia. It appears from a press release.

“It feels good that we have been able to reach an agreement with the Australian government,” writes Facebook and continues:

“We are pleased that the Australian Government has agreed to a number of changes and guarantees regarding our main concerns about allowing commercial business to recognize the value our platform provides to publishers, in relation to the value we receive from them.”

Some of those who have criticized Facebook’s previous decision are Swedish TU:

– It is reasonable that the tech giants pay for the use of journalistic content on which the platforms capitalize. The newspapers want to be on social media, our journalism has great value for millions of Swedish users – but there must be a better balance. But an internet without news is a worse internet, said Thomas Mattsson, acting CEO, in a statement last week.



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