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Facebook to reopen news sites in Australia after an understanding has been made on content law

Facebook to reopen news sites in Australia after an understanding has been made on content law
23.02.2021 11:07
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Facebook will restore news sites in Australia after the government has settled to improvements to the proposed media code that the firm says will allow it to maintain more power of what shows on its website.

Facebook last week blocked all news content and several state government and emergency department accounts.

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.”

The amendments include a two-month mediation period before the government-appointed arbitrator intervenes, giving the parties more time to reach a private deal.

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. Facebook revealed its own deal with Seven on Tuesday.