Facebook agreed on Tuesday to lift its controversial news ban in Australia after the government said it would make a change to a law that would force the tech giant to pay for media content.
“As a result of these changes, we can now work to further our investment in public interest journalism and restore news on Facebook to Australians in the coming days,” said Will Easton, managing director of Facebook Australia.
“We are pleased to have been able to reach an agreement with the Australian government and appreciate the constructive discussions we have had,” Easton added.
The compromise means that Facebook and the law’s other main target, Google, are unlikely to be penalized as long as they strike deals with local media companies to pay for the news.
The social media giant sparked outrage last week when it issued the news ban after the House of Representatives passed the Media Negotiation Code, which would force Facebook and Google to negotiate with media companies that produce the news. content that is shared on their platforms.
Facebook has vehemently opposed the proposed law, saying it “ignores the realities” of its relationship with publishers who use its service to “share news content.”
Some Australian government and emergency services pages were also accidentally deleted amid the ban, fueling the anger.
With pole cables