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Facebook’s news ban to end, Government announces amendments to media code

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Facebook is set to end its controversial ban on Australian news outlets in the next few days, according to a report on 9news.

The ban, which initially impacted pages far removed from just news outlets including a number of retailers, will be wound back following a number of amendments being made to the News Media and Digital Bargaining Code.

The changes will account for platforms, such as Facebook, striking up their own terms with publishers outside of the Code’s payment structures.

Facebook Australia’s managing director Will Easton said the social network believes the changes have addressed Facebook’s core concerns, and it will restore news content in the coming days.

“These amendments also add further impetus for parties to engage in commercial negotiations outside the Code – a central feature of the framework that the Government is putting in place to foster more sustainable public interest journalism in Australia,” Federal treasurer Josh Frydenberg said in a release.

“The Government has been advised by Facebook that it intends to restore Australian news pages in the coming days.”

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