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Australia ‘refriended’ as Facebook lifts news ban

TECH giant Facebook announced it was reversing a decision to block news content to its users in Australia today.

The social media platform was said to have “refriended Australia” after talks between Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg.

Mr Frydenberg said amendments would be made to a proposed law that would make Facebook and Google pay news publishers for content in what is seen as a test case for global regulation.

Mr Zuckerberg said the ban would end “in the coming days.”

Facebook users in Australia woke up last Thursday to find that a large number of news organisations had been blocked from sharing content. But the ban also extended to trade unions and socialist groups.

Veteran Australian journalist John Pilger said: “Casting the Australian government as heroically standing up to Facebook is absurd. [Prime Minister] Scott Morrison dances for Rupert Murdoch, whose dominance of news is sacred.

“This is an election year, and Scotty will do whatever Rupert wants, even if millions are unfriended by another media tyrant.”


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