The American social network challenged an Australian law asking the digital giants to pay the media for the resumption of their content.
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Towards the end of the showdown. Facebook announced, Tuesday, February 23, the lifting “in the next few days” the blocking in Australia of news content, the government having agreed to amend the law to force the tech giants to pay the media for the recovery of their content.
The Australian Minister of Finance and the CEO of Facebook Australia have indicated that they have found a compromise on one of the key points of this text to which the American giants of the sector are fiercely opposed. “We can now work to continue our investment in public service journalism and restore Facebook news for Australians in the coming days.”, said the regional director of the social network.
Last week, Facebook blocked the publication of links to news articles and media pages nationwide. 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.
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