The American technology company Facebook will once again allow users in Australia to share and view news content on its social network of the same name. According to Reuters, the Australian government announced this, agreeing with the company to amend the disputed law, which required Internet platform operators to pay Australian news companies for the use of their content.
Access to the Facebook pages of local and global news servers for users from Australia will be restored by the technology company in the coming days, Australian Finance Minister Josh Frydenberg said today. The government will then make several changes to the law, which was the first of its kind in the world to make Internet companies pay for news content.
Breaking News: Facebook said that it had struck a deal with the Australian government to allow users there to once again share and view links to news articles, after the platform had blocked the practice last week.https://t.co/EKydc1wJRC
— The New York Times (@nytimes) February 23, 2021
“We are pleased that the Australian government has agreed to accept several changes and safeguards that address our biggest concerns,” Facebook said in an official blog post.
Facebook blocked news content in Australia last week, earning sharp criticism from the media, politicians and human rights organizations. The government also got into a dispute with Google, which last month threatened to block its search engine in Australia if a new law was passed. Subsequently, however, it began to enter into licensing agreements with Australian media companies for the use of their content, as part of its News Showcase platform.
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