Facebook will walk back its block on Australian news sites, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and Communications Minister Paul Fletcher have said, after a backlash to its response to proposed media bargaining laws that would force major tech giants to pay news outlets for their content. "The government has been advised by Facebook that it intends to restore Australian news pages in the coming days," a statement from the ministers said.
Facebook said in a statement that it was "pleased" the company was able to reach an agreement with the government.
"[We] appreciate the constructive discussions we've had with Treasurer Frydenberg and Minister Fletcher over the past week," it said. "After further discussions, we are satisfied that the Australian government has agreed to a number of changes and guarantees that address our core concerns about allowing commercial deals that recognise the value our platform provides to publishers relative to the value we receive from them.
The C91.3FM Facebook page is still blocked, but we look forward to bringing content to our listeners and the wonderful community of Macarthur.