Facebook Lifts Restrictions on Australian News Content

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Facebook by Nghia Nguyen on Unsplash - Australian news
Facebook by Nghia Nguyen on Unsplash - Australian news

Facebook will lift restrictions on news content in Australia after the social media giant reached an agreement with the Australian government. The company blocked Australian news content last week after the country’s policymakers proposed a law that obliges Facebook to pay publishers for news content published on the platform.

“Facebook has re-friended Australia,” said Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg.

Australian policymakers proposed a law that obliges both Google and Facebook to pay Australian news publishers for news content published on the platforms. A move that Facebook rejected — forcing the tech giant to block all news links published on its website. Nevertheless, Google had another say about the law and reportedly negotiated a deal with Australia over news content on its platform.

Although Google first objected to the Australian law; the search engine giant settled for negotiation over the proposal. Meanwhile, Facebook went for a more severe reaction blocking any content coming from country’s news publishers. Consequently, the move resulted in outrage among Facebook users across the whole world.