7.3.2021 | Facebook will restore news content to its users in Australia
Facebook has blocked news to Australians on their platform since last Thursday due to a dispute over a proposed law which would force it and Google to pay Australian news publishers for content.
Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said Facebook CEO Mark Zukerberg had told him the ban would end “in the coming days”, after the two of them had talked. Mr Frydenberg also said amendends would be made to the law and “Facebook has re-friended Australia.”
In regards to the ban, Facebook argued that it had been forced to block Australian news in response to the proposed legislation. The government’s new legislation is said to set up a fairer negotiation process between the tech giants and news companies over the value of news content. But it has been strongly opposed by Facebook and Google – both argue the code misunderstands how the internet works. Facebook has also said it gets little commercial gain from news content.