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Facebook Set To Lift News Ban It Imposed On Australia

Facebook Set To Lift News Ban It Imposed On Australia

Social media giant, Facebook blocked Australian users from accessing and sharing news on Wednesday last week. This came after Australian lawmakers proposed a new law to make tech giants pay for journalism.

Earlier today, the Australian government announced that Facebook has agreed to lift the ban on Australians sharing news. The announcement came after a deal to make digital giants pay for journalism was struck.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and Facebook confirmed in statements that they had reached an ultimatum on amendments to proposed legislation. These will make the social network and Google pay for news that they will be featuring.

The Senate will also debate amended legislation as time goes by.

‘’The government has been advised by Facebook that it intends to restore Australian news pages in the coming days,’’ Frydenberg and Communications Minister Paul Fletcher said in a statement.

Before the two parties reached the agreement, Australian authorities had decided to carry on with their content law. The Prime Minister, Scott Morrison said he had received support from different world leaders after the news blockage.

The block on news sharing meant that the Australians could not share Australian news or international news on the platform. However, many countries condemned the move by Facebook.

‘’There is a lot of world interest in what Australia was doing,’’ Morrison told reporters on Friday.

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