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Facebook, Australia Reach Deal to Restore News Pages After Shutdown

By The Washington Post

February 23, 2021

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Facebook agreed to restore news pages on its site in Australia after it said late Monday that it had reached a favorable deal with the government there.

The deal, which came after 11th-hour negotiations and intense backlash against the company, would enable Facebook to run news without having to go through a government-run arbitration process, Facebook's head of news partnerships, Campbell Brown, said in a statement.

Facebook would still have to pay publishers for news, but under proposed new amendments, a forced arbitration would be a last resort.

Brown said the company would restore news in Australia in coming days.

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