After the government agreed to make changes to the proposed media bargaining laws that would require big tech companies to compensate news outlets for their content, Facebook would reverse its ban on Australian news pages.
“The government has been advised by Facebook that it intends to restore Australian news pages in the coming days,” a statement from the Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and Communications Minister Paul Fletcher said.
Mr Frydenberg and Mr Fletcher claimed in the announcement that the government would make more changes to the negotiating code for the news media.
Facebook prevented Australian users last week from sharing or posting news links in reaction to the code.
A variety of non-news sites, including community groups and the Bureau of Meteorology, were caught up in the ban.
“[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.
“As a result of these changes, we can now work to further our investment in public interest journalism and restore news on Facebook for Australians in the coming days.”