Facebook restores access to news pages in Australia after a week-long blackout

Hi class,

Building on the most recent News of the Week over Facebook’s decision to blackout access to both Australian news on the international scale and news pages on Facebook in Australia, an agreement has been reached between Facebook and the Australian Government. To summarize, Australia has been at the forefront of the news recently when it announced new legislation that will force internet content providers to pay news outlets for access to their content. Suffice it to say, Australia has agreed to amend some terms in the legislation. Internet content providers, such as Facebook, will maintain control in deciding whether news content will appear on Facebook. This begs the question on competition law, i.e. whether small news outlets will have the same opportunities for online access as a larger news outlet.

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