The announcement ends a month of bitter conflict between the U.S. tech company and Canberra, which was working on legislation that would force tech platforms to pay news publishers for content.
The deal “will allow us to support the publishers we choose to do, including small local publishers,” Campbell Brown, Facebook’s vice president for global information partnerships, said in a statement. She added that the company “is reestablishing Facebook news in Australia in the coming days.”
Facebook has informed the government of its decision, according to Australian Communications Minister Paul Fletcher.
The announcement also came as the Australian Senate was discussing the latest version of the media law, first introduced last summer.
On Tuesday, the Australian government announced it would amend the code to include a provision that “must take into account whether a digital platform has made a significant contribution to the sustainability of the Australian news industry by entering into deals trading with news media companies, “among others. measures.
“The government has made it clear that we will retain the ability to decide whether the news appears on Facebook so that we are not automatically forced into forced negotiation,” Facebook said Brown. “It has always been our intention to support journalism in Australia and around the world, and we will continue to invest in news globally and resist the efforts of media conglomerates to advance regulatory frameworks that fail. ignore the real exchange of value between publishers and platforms like Facebook. “
– Kerry Flynn contributed to this report.