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Facebook has agreed to lift its Australian news ban, announces govt

Facebook blocked Australian users from accessing and sharing news after the House of Representatives passed the draft law late Wednesday last week

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AP  |  Canberra 

The complaint reflects the pressure President Donald Trump is keeping on social media giants even in the waning days of his administration.
The Senate will debate amended legislation on Tuesday.

Australia's government announced on Tuesday that has agreed to lift its ban on Australians sharing news after a deal was struck on legislation that would make digital giants pay for journalism.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and confirmed in statements that they had reached agreement on amendments to proposed legislation that would make the social network and Google pay for news that they feature.

blocked Australian users from accessing and sharing news after the House of Representatives passed the draft law late Wednesday last week.

The Senate will debate amended legislation on Tuesday.

The government has been advised by Facebook that it intends to restore Australian news pages in the coming days, Frydenberg and Communications Minister Paul Fletcher said in a statement.

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First Published: Tue, February 23 2021. 10:33 IST
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