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Facebook airs loose, pacts with Australia on removal of news ban

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Highlights:

  • Facebook’s ban on publishing news in Australia has now come loose
  • Facebook has said that it will allow its users to publish the news gradually.
  • Facebook has decided to lift the ban as part of an agreement with the Government of Australia

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Facebook’s prohibition on publishing news in Australia has now become loose. Facebook announced that it would allow its users to publish the news gradually in the coming days, following the Australian government’s stern stance and some changes to the draft law. It is believed that Facebook has decided to lift the ban as part of an agreement with the Australian government.

“We are very happy that we have agreed to an agreement with the Government of Australia,” said William Euston, Facebook MD for Australia and New Zealand. He said that there has been constructive dialogue towards the removal of this ban. “We have supported a framework that enhances innovation and collaboration between online platforms and publishers,” Iston said.
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‘We have agreed to a lot of changes to the Government of Australia’
Iston said, ‘After further negotiations we have agreed to the Australian Government for several changes and guarantees. As a result of these changes, we can now invest more in public journalism and in the coming days will remove the Facebook ban imposed for Australians. ‘ Earlier, the Australian PM spoke to the Prime Minister of India and Canada to challenge Facebook.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison told Facebook on Friday to lift the ban on Australian users and start talks with businesses that publish news. Along with this, he also warned that other countries can also follow their government’s steps to collect fees from digital companies in exchange for sharing news. Morrison said that he has spoken to Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi on Thursday about the Facebook controversy.
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‘Talk about proposed legislation with Britain, Canada and France too’

Morrison said that he is also talking with the leaders of Britain, Canada and France about this proposed legislation of Australia. He said, ‘Many countries are interested in what Australia is doing. So I invite Facebook to talk in a constructive way, just like Google, because they know that many Western countries can follow what Australia is going to do here. ‘

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Source: navbharattimes.indiatimes.com