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Facebook will return the news in Australia after talks with the government

Facebook will return the news in Australia after talks with the government

The announcement comes after a month of bitter wrangling between the US tech company and Canberra, which have been working on legislation forcing tech platforms to pay news publishers for content.

Campbell Brown, Facebook’s vice president for global news partnerships, said in a statement that the agreement “will allow us to support the publishers we choose, including both small and local publishers.” She added that the company “will bring back the news on Facebook in Australia in the coming days.”

last week, The social networking site Facebook (FB) Australians were prevented from finding the news or sharing it on its service. The decision – which appeared to be the most restrictive measure the company had ever taken against content publishers – forced the pages of media organizations and Even some basic services are irrelevant To go dark.

Facebook notified the government of its decision, according to Australian Communications Minister Paul Fletcher.

The announcement also came as the Australian Senate debated the latest iteration of the Media Act, which was first introduced last summer.

The initial version of the legislation had allowed the media to bargain either individually or collectively with Facebook and Google (GOOGL) – And enter into arbitration if the parties are unable to reach an agreement.

The Australian government said Tuesday it will amend the code to include a clause that “should take into account whether the digital platform has made a significant contribution to the sustainability of the Australian news industry by reaching trade agreements with news media companies,” among other measures.

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“The government has made clear that we will retain the ability to decide whether news will appear on Facebook so that we are not automatically subject to forced negotiations,” said Brown of Facebook. “Our goal has always been to support journalism in Australia and around the world. We will continue to invest in news globally, and resist efforts by media conglomerates to develop regulatory frameworks that do not take into account the real value exchange between publishers and platforms like Facebook.”

In the meantime, Google has already been trying to move forward with the new legislation by announcing partnerships with some of the largest media organizations in the country, including Rupert Murdoch. News Corp. (NWS) Seven West Media.
Asked about Google’s partnerships Last week, Australian Treasury Secretary Josh Freidenberg hinted at the changes that were eventually announced on Tuesday. He said, “If there are commercial deals, they change the equation.”

Kerry Flynn contributed to this report.

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