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News Has Officially Been Restored On Facebook For Australian Users

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News Has Officially Been Restored On Facebook For Australian Users

Facebook has officially restored news to its platform for Australian users.

At some point overnight, the social media company flipped the switch and people living in the Land Down Under will begin to see news content from today (February 26).

The move came after Facebook blocked all local, national and international news from being seen in Australia over a media bargaining code that is being cooked up by the government.

The legislation, which passed through the Senate yesterday, would seek to make Facebook and Google pay individual publishers to host their content.

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The Morrison government said it would rehash parts of the law, which brought Facebook back to the debating table.

The company was pleased with the work being made and decided to let Aussies have their news once again.

Facebook's Australia and New Zealand Managing Director William Easton said on Tuesday (February 23) it was a big step forward in the negotiations.

"After further discussions, we are satisfied that the Australian government has agreed to a number of changes and guarantees that address our core concerns about allowing commercial deals that recognise the value our platform provides to publishers relative to the value we receive from them," Mr Easton wrote.

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"As a result of these changes, we can now work to further our investment in public interest journalism and restore news on Facebook for Australians in the coming days."

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Australia

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