San Francisco-Facebook said on Monday that it has reached an agreement with the Australian government that will allow users and publishers in the country to share and view links to news articles on social networks again.
Facebook banned sharing or viewing news links in Australia last week because the country will pass a law that requires technology companies to negotiate with media publishers and compensate for content that appears on their websites.
The legislation includes a code of conduct that will allow media companies to bargain individually or collectively with digital platforms on the value of their news content.
In exchange, according to a statement from Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and Minister of Communications, Infrastructure, Cities and Arts Paul Fletcher (Paul Fletcher), Facebook agreed to “in the coming days “Inside” restore news links and articles for Australian users.
The statement added: “It is important that these amendments strengthen the skills of regional and small publishers to obtain appropriate compensation for the use of their content on digital platforms.”
Campbell Brown, vice president of Facebook’s global news partnership, said in a statement: “We will resume news on Facebook in Australia in the next few days. Looking ahead, the government has made it clear that we will retain decision news. Whether to appear on Facebook, so that we are not automatically forced to negotiate.”
Mike Isaac is from San Francisco and Sydney, Australia reports from Damien Cave.
This is a developing story and will be updated.