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Facebook backtracks on Australian news ban after government negotiations


After facing significant backlash, Facebook will reverse its ban on news content for Australian users and organisations on its site, according to a statement issued by the social media giant.

The initial ban, which came into effect last week on February 17, was a response to the Australian government’s proposed media bargaining code, which seeks to make tech giants such as Facebook and Google pay news media in Australia for linking to their content.

But Facebook has now reversed its controversial decision to pull all news for Australian users, and the Australian government says that Facebook, “intends to restore Australian news pages in the coming days”.

The reversal comes after the Australian government made changes to the proposed code. One amendment states that news publishers and tech companies now have two months to negotiate on the amount to be paid before an independent arbitrator steps in as a last ...


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