Facebook on Tuesday agreed to lift its controversial news ban in Australia after the government said it would make a change to a law that would force the technology giant to pay for media content.
“As a result of these changes, we can now work to promote our investment in journalism of public interest and recreate news on Facebook for Australians in the coming days,” said Will Easton, CEO of Facebook Australia.
“We are pleased to have been able to reach an agreement with the Australian Government and appreciate the constructive discussions we have had,” Easton added.
The compromise means that Facebook and the other main target of the law ̵
The social media giant last week created outrage when it issued the news ban after the House of Representatives passed the News Media Bargaining Code, which would force Facebook and Google to negotiate with media companies producing the content shared on their platforms.
Facebook has vehemently opposed the proposed law, saying it “ignores the realities” of its relationship with publishers who use its service to “share news content.”
Some Australian government and rescue services sites were also accidentally scrubbed in the middle of the ban and escalated the rage.
With mail cables