Facebook to restore news sharing in Australia after government amends proposed law

Catherine Shu@catherineshu / 5:57 AM GMT•February 23, 2021

a message is seen on facebook mobile, on february 18, 2021 in melbourne, australia. facebook has banned publishers and users in australia from posting and sharing news content as the australian government prepares to pass laws that will require social media companies to pay news publishers for sharing or using content on their platforms.

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Facebook said it will begin restoring news sharing to Australian users’ feeds in “the coming days” after reaching an agreement with the country’s government. The social media giant made the drastic move of restricting news content in Australia last Wednesday after a dispute over a proposed media bargaining code that is expected to be voted into law soon. The code requires Facebook, and other major tech companies like Google, to make revenue-sharing agreements with publishers for content posted to their social media platforms.