Facebook Inc. said it has reached a deal with the Australian government to restore the news pages on the company’s social media platform, after a five-day local hiatus due to a disagreement over payment content.
Facebook cut news from its platform in Australia last week as legislation that would effectively require Facebook and Alphabet Inc.’s Google to pay traditional media companies for content made its way through the country’s parliament. . The legislation is widely watched around the world and could offer a model for how other countries could force tech giants to pay for content.
“Going forward, the government has made it clear that we will retain the ability to decide whether information appears on Facebook so that we are not automatically forced into negotiation,” said Campbell Brown, Facebook vice president for partnerships. global information, in a press release. . “We have always intended to support journalism in Australia and around the world.”
The Australian government said on Tuesday it would change the legislation to clarify how tech companies will be regulated.
Facebook’s decision to suppress the news surprised many Australians, although the company has previously warned it could make such a move. To Australian users, Facebook pages owned by media outlets in Australia and overseas, including the Wall Street Journal, appeared blank, and users who attempted to link to a news article received a notification that the post could not be shared.