Facebook ends news ban in Australia

Social media giant Facebook has ended the ban on news content for the users in Australia.  

Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg had told him the ban would end “in the coming days”, after the pair had talk Frydenberg said amendments would be made to the law. “Facebook has re-friended Australia,” he told reporters in Canberra. 

Facebook said in a statement that it was “pleased” the company was able to reach an agreement with the government. 

“[We] appreciate the constructive discussions we’ve had with Treasurer Frydenberg and Minister Fletcher over the past week,” it said. 

“After further discussions, we are satisfied that the Australian government has agreed to a number of changes and guarantees that address our core concerns about allowing commercial deals that recognise the value our platform provides to publishers relative to the value we receive from them”. 

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