Press "Enter" to skip to content

Facebook to restore news for Australian users

SYDNEY — Facebook on Tuesday announced it would restore news content for Australian users “in the coming days” after the country’s government added last-minute amendments to a draft law that would force Facebook and Google to pay some local publishers for their digital material.

Last week, Facebook banned Australians from viewing any news links in response to the proposed laws, causing a significant drop in publishers’ online traffic.

THE RIGHT MONK:   Donald Trump Establishes New ‘Office’ In One Of His First Major Post-Presidency Moves

“After further discussions with the Australian government, we have come to an agreement that will allow us to support the publishers we choose to, including small and local publishers. We’re restoring news on Facebook in Australia in the coming days,” Campbell Brown, Facebook’s vice president for global news partnerships, said in a statement.

The amendments to the “News Media Bargaining Code” include the addition of a two-month mediation period, so the tech giants have more time to strike deals with publishers before entering a binding “final offer” arbitration process. The legislation is now expected to pass through parliament as soon as Wednesday.

THE RIGHT MONK:   Dan Calabrese: It’s Not the Number of Biden’s EOs, It’s What They Mean That’s So Very Dangerous

“Facebook has refriended Australia,” Australia’s Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said Tuesday in a televised statement. “Facebook has committed to entering into good-faith negotiations with Australian news media businesses and seeking to reach agreements to pay for content.”

THE RIGHT MONK:   Twenty binge-watchable reasons why this week won't be as bad as you think

Want more analysis from POLITICO? POLITICO Pro is our premium intelligence service for professionals. From financial services to trade, technology, cybersecurity and more, Pro delivers real time intelligence, deep insight and breaking scoops you need to keep one step ahead. Email pro@politico.eu to request a complimentary trial.

Continue Reading at POLITICO