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Tech & Science Facebook to stop blocking media content in Australia

11:45  23 february  2021
11:45  23 february  2021 Source:   nouvelobs.com

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  Facebook va arrêter de bloquer les contenus des médias en Australie © Copyright 2021, The Obs

End of the standoff between Facebook and Australia. The social network announced on Tuesday February 23 the lifting "in the coming days" of the blocking of news content in this country , the government having accepted to amend the law aiming to force the giants of the tech to pay the media for the recovery of their content.

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Australian Finance Minister Josh Frydenberg and Facebook Australia Managing Director Will Easton have indicated that they have found a compromise on one of the key points of this text to which the American giants of the sector are fiercely opposed. "With these changes, we can now work to continue our investment in public interest journalism and restore Facebook news to Australians in the days ahead," said Will Easton.

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Outrage

Last week, Facebook blocked the posting of links to news articles and media pages nationwide. Several official rescue service Facebook pages were also unintentionally affected. This retaliatory measure sparked outrage in Australia and many countries.

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The compromise means that the behemoths Facebook and Google - particularly targeted by this bill - should not be punished as long as they make deals with media outlets in exchange for the use of their content.

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