Facebook reaches deal to restore news sharing on its Australian platform

February 23, 2021, 5:19 AM UTC

Restrictions on news sharing on Facebook’s Australian platform should be lifted “in the coming days,” William Easton, managing director of Facebook Australia, said in a statement Tuesday.

Facebook blocked news pages in Australia last week in opposition to a planned law to force the U.S. company and Google to pay Australian publishers for news content.

The Australian government said Tuesday it had made several changes to the legislation, including giving digital platforms time to reach commercial deals with publishers before forcing them into final-offer arbitration.

“We are satisfied that the Australian government has agreed to a number of changes and guarantees that address our core concerns,” Easton said.

Facebook Inc. said it’s working to restore news pages in Australia after reaching an agreement with the government over disputed media legislation.

Restrictions on news sharing on Facebook’s Australian platform should be lifted “in the coming days,” William Easton, managing director of Facebook Australia, said in a statement Tuesday.

Facebook blocked news pages in Australia last week in opposition to a planned law to force the U.S. company and Google to pay Australian publishers for news content.

The Australian government said Tuesday it had made several changes to the legislation, including giving digital platforms time to reach commercial deals with publishers before forcing them into final-offer arbitration.

“We are satisfied that the Australian government has agreed to a number of changes and guarantees that address our core concerns,” Easton said.