Facebook is back to display news in Australia after government gives in
Facebook will no longer hide news in Australia. The social network reported that it will return to display the contents after being hidden due to the bill that may force platforms to pay to display news from third parties. The restriction will be lifted after the inclusion of amendments to the text under discussion.
The statement came from Campbell Brown, head of global news partnerships division. “We are pleased that we have reached an agreement with the Australian government and we appreciate the constructive discussions we had with Treasurer Frydenberg and Minister Fletcher last week,” said the executive.
In a statement, Brown explains that the local government has agreed to a “series of changes and guarantees that address our main concerns” after discussions between the company and Australian authorities. “As a result of these changes, we can now work to increase our investment in public interest journalism and restore news on Facebook to Australians in the coming days,” he announced.
Details on changes to the project were revealed by the local government. “The government has been informed by Facebook that it intends to restore Australian news pages in the next few days,” the authorities said in a press release.