Social media coverage is resuming after the Australian government decided to provide ‘fairer’ negotiating conditions for the tech companies and media companies involved.
We also wrote earlier: there was a dispute between the Australian government and Facebook last December. A draft media code has been submitted to the Australian Parliament that would force Google and Facebook in particular to pay for news content received from the Australian press, otherwise they would be fined. The social site, objecting to this idea, decided last week that
YOU DO NOT ALLOW YOUR USERS TO VIEW THE NEWS ON YOUR AUSTRALIAN PLATFORM.
After an unusual and outrageous move, Facebook also held talks with the Australian press and the government to find a solution to the dispute.
They seem to have gotten closer to a solution, Canberra amends the bill. Facebook also said the talks with the government have been reassuring, and the social site may decide in the future what media outlets it supports, so it doesn’t have to negotiate compensation with every news provider. This is because Facebook has its own platform on which it pays for news and content for specific media.
The bill also affected Google, which, by contrast, tried to reach separate agreements with Facebook and the Australian media. Facebook took a different approach: it simply blocked Australian media content.
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