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Facebook will restore news in Australia after talks with the government

February 23, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Facebook says it will restore news pages in Australia after a breakthrough in talks with the government.

Hong Kong (CNN Business)Facebook says it will restore news pages in Australia after a breakthrough in talks with the government.

The agreement "will allow us to support the publishers we choose to, including small and local publishers," said Campbell Brown, Facebook's vice president for global news partnerships, in a statement.

She added that the company was "restoring news on Facebook in Australia in the coming days. "

Last week, Facebook (FB) barred Australians from finding or sharing news on its service.

The initial version of the legislation would have allowed media outlets to bargain either individually or collectively with Facebook and Google (GOOGL) — and to enter arbitration if the parties can't reach an agreement.

On Tuesday the Australian government said it would amend the code to include a provision that "must take into account whether a digital platform has made a significant contribution to the sustainability of the Australian news industry through reaching commercial agreements with news media businesses," among other measures.

"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's Brown said.

"It's always been our intention to support journalism in Australia and around the world, and we'll continue to invest in news globally, and 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. "

Google, meanwhile, had already been trying to get ahead of the new legislation by announcing partnerships with some of the country's largest media organizations, including Rupert Murdoch's News Corp (NWS) and Seven West Media.

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