Facebook to restore news sharing in Australia after government amends proposed law

Facebook said it would continue to restore news sharing for the feeds of Australian users "the coming days" after an agreement with the government.

Last Wednesday, following a disagreement over a draft media negotiating code that is supposed to be signed into law, the social media giant sought to limit news coverage in Australia.

The code may have required Facebook and other leading technology firms, such as Google, to sign revenue-sharing deals with advertisers about content on their social media sites.

Facebook prohibits the use of news connections in Australia

Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said that improvements have been made to the code "provide further clarity to digital platforms and news media businesses about the way the Code is intended to operate and strengthen the framework for ensuring news media businesses are fairly remunerated," Seven News reported.

The revisions mean that the code now provides a two-month negotiating cycle that enables digital outlets such as Facebook and publishers to settle on settlements before they are pushed into arbitration.

The Australian administration will also consider commercial software channels of local publishers before determining if the code applies to them and notifying them one month before making a final decision.

Last week, Facebook's limitation prohibited Australian publishers from posting or publishing articles on Facebook Pages and consumers in Australia from reading or sharing Australian or international news content.

After an earlier effort to create a voluntary code with the corporations standing still, the Australian government in April 2020 announced it would introduce a mandatory code ordering Google, Facebook and other technology giants to pay the local media to reuse their content.

Facebook first attempted to limit the online communication of news information in Australia last September when it protested against the draft legislation.

Google also reported that Australia's user interface would suffer and indicated that it could no longer provide free services in the region.

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