In the dispute over the remuneration of journalistic content, the US Internet company Facebook has reached an agreement with the Australian government.
As a result, the news blockade imposed by Facebook for Australia last week will soon be lifted, Finance Minister Josh Frydenberg announced on Tuesday. “ The government has been announced by Facebook that it intends to restore Australian news sites in the coming days,” Frydenberg said.
Last week, Facebook blocked the functions of its Australian users to read news pages and share their content. The company reacted to the passage of a law in the Chamber of Deputies, which obliges the US Internet giants Google and Facebook to compensate media companies and publishers for the use of journalistic content. Google then signed licensing agreements with the largest Australian media companies based on its News Showcast model, which has been used by more than 500 publishers worldwide since its launch in October 2020.
Licensing should take place
Facebook rejected the bill approved by the House of Representatives and blocked news sites for its users in Australia. Now news content is to be licensed according to the company’s own Facebook News model. Facebook said it was satisfied that an agreement had been found with the Australian government that would allow deals with publishers in the interests of both parties.