Facebook announced on Monday, February 22, that it has reached an agreement with the Australian government and will restore news contents making them available to share and view on the social platform.
Facebook had restricted news sharing and viewing to users in Australia since February 17. The block was placed in protest to the new proposed media legislation that would force tech giants such as Google and Facebook to pay news media for using their contents.
However, Facebook has lifted the block after the Australian government added amendments to the proposed law. The amendment included a two-month mediation period to allow the social media and news publishers to make their own agreement without having to enter into the new media clause.
In a statement, Facebook said, “the Australian government has agreed to a number of changes and guarantees that address our core concerns about allowing commercial deals that recognize the value our platform provides to publishers relative to the value we receive from them.”
The tech giant said that the changes enabled the social platform to “work to further its investment in public interest journalism and restore news on Facebook for Australians in the coming days”.