Facebook Restores Australian News Pages Following Media Law Changes

23 February 2021

    Facebook said it will restore Australian news pages after negotiating changes with the government to the newfound media law that forces tech monopolists to pay for media content displayed on their platforms.

     

    The issue has been widely watched internationally as other countries including Canada and Britain consider similar legislation.

     

    "Facebook has refriended Australia, and Australian news will be restored to the Facebook platform”, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg commented.

     

    Australia will offer four amendments, which include a change to the mandatory arbitration mechanism used when tech giants cannot reach a payment deal with publishers over displaying news content.

     

    "Going forward, the government has clarified we will retain the ability to decide if news appears on Facebook so that we won’t automatically be subject to a forced negotiation”, Facebook Vice President of Global News Partnerships - Campbell Brown said.

     

    She said the company would continue to "resist efforts by media conglomerates to advance regulatory frameworks that do not take account of the true value exchange between publishers and platforms like Facebook”.


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