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Facebook to lift ban on Australian news

Oliver Peterson
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Facebook will lift its ban on Australian news after striking a deal with the Australian government.

It means news pages, including those belonging to 6PR, will return to Facebook in the coming days.

Facebook blocked Australian users from sharing or viewing local or international news content in protest against paying for news.

Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has been in discussions with Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg in recent days and says the social media giant is committed to restoring and paying for news on its platform.

Speaking with Oliver Peterson, Finance Minister Simon Birmingham said the changes to the proposed media bargaining code are just technical amendments.

“They don’t change the intent of the code,” he said

“But it’s very pleasing they have got Facebook to agree they will desist from the inappropriate action of blocking Australian content.”

Minister Birmingham said it’s pleasing “Australian voices will tell Australian stories” and he’s confident other countries will follow our lead.

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Oliver Peterson
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