Entertainment Facebook Reverses Australia News Ban, Vows to 'Invest in News Globally'

08:01  23 february  2021
08:01  23 february  2021 Source:   thewrap.com

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  Australia's Contentious New Media Law Roasted in Hilarious Fake Government Ad (Video) Australia passed a new law on Thursday that requires tech giants to pay for the news shared by users on their platforms. The law is pitched as a way to stop big tech from destroying the business model for actual news media — a legitimate problem that only seems to worsen by the day. But in a hilarious new clip, Australian political comedy outfit The Juice News argues that only does the law not protect the news industry, it appears to exist primarily to protect large scale media companies like Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. First, some background. Last week in response to the proposed law, Facebook banned the sharing of any news by Australian users.

Facebook , for example, created Facebook News , a section of the app featuring curated news stories where selected publishers are paid for participating. William Easton, managing director of Facebook Australia and New Zealand, wrote in a blog post on Wednesday that Facebook was set to launch the feature "We will now prioritise investments to other countries, as part of our plans to invest in new licensing news programs and experiences." As for Google — which has already announced plans to license news — the News Corp agreement this week will allow that media organization's US, UK and

Australian Facebook users will be banned from reading, posting and sharing news , the social media platform said on Wednesday in response to a new government bill forcing tech giants to pay news outlets for using their content. Despite Google's opposition to the government's plans, it has struck a deal with media mogul Rupert Murdoch's News Corp group, which owns numerous Australian , UK and US titles, including the Wall Street Journal and the New York Post. Under the three-year agreement, reached on Wednesday, stories from the publications will feature in the Google News Showcase

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Following international backlash, Facebook has reversed its decision to ban Australian users from sharing news and will restore the function "in the coming day," the company said Monday.

After a week long standoff over a proposed law that saw even one of the company's former CEOs calling for a boycott, Facebook appears to have conceded fully. A statement from Campbell Brown, Facebook's head of Global News Partnerships, indicates the Australian government made no concessions to restore local news to Facebook's feed.

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by Richard Fernandez, PJ Media: The saying “if you’re not paying for it then you’re the product” is a popular explanation for why some Internet services, like the Google apps, Facebook , Twitter, etc., let users join them for “free.” The situation is better understood when restated as “the users supply the content and the giant […] Before It’s News ® is a community of individuals who report on what’s going on around them, from all around the world. Anyone can join.

"After further discussions with the Australian government, we have come to an agreement that will allow us to support the publishers we choose to, including small and local publishers," Brown said in the statement first reported by CNBC contributor Alex Kantrowitz.

"We're restoring news on Facebook in Australia in the coming days. Going forward, the government has clarified we will retain the ability to decide if news appears on Facebook so that we won't automatically be subject to a forced negotiation. It's always been our intention to support journalism in Australia and around the world, and we'll continue to invest in news globally, and resist efforts my media conglomerates to advance regulatory frameworks that do not take account of the true value exchange between publishers and platforms like Facebook," the statement continued. "

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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.

Facebook exacerbated the situation by banning non- news pages, according to Gadsby. "Having worked for the Financial Times for several years, I saw the impact Facebook and Google were having on ad revenues for traditional publishers and I think it's reasonable for them to be expected to pay Gadsby believes that Facebook should have negotiated a deal with publishers. "It'll be interesting to see what their next step is as personally, I think it's unlikely the ban will be long-lasting," he said. The timing of the decision has angered some people. Natasha Kinrade, who works in sales at corporate

Last week, Facebook announced it would block the sharing and viewing of news articles in Australia in response to the country's proposed news media bargaining law, which if passed would require media outlets be compensated when their reporting is shared on social media.

Soon after, Stephen Schiller, former CEO of Facebook Australia and New Zealand, told people to delete Facebook and essentially called Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg out for prioritizing greed over ethics. "I'm sad for Facebook in a way, but if you wanted a glaring example of why Facebook needs more regulation, this is it," he said in part.

Maren Morris And Ryan Hurd Look Back On Writing Vows At A Bar On The Week Of Their Wedding .
Maren Morris and Ryan Hurd are reminiscing on the sweet way they wrote their vows together. The couple sat down at a bar to pen the important words just days before their March 2018 wedding. RELATED: Maren Morris Says Watching Husband Ryan Hurd Be A Dad Is ‘The Hottest Thing’ Morris, 30, and Hurd, 34, dropped the video for their first official duet, "Chasing After You", on Friday. Your browser does not support this video "I think we wrote them the week of [the wedding]; we went to a bar," revealed Hurd during the latest episode of "The Bobby Bones Show". "We sat at the same table. [Morris] was on her laptop and I was writing on my notepad.

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