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Facebook to End Australia News Ban After Government Amends Media Law

February 23, 2021

Facebook has announced that it will restore news content to its users in Australia after a standoff with the country’s government last week.

“Facebook has re-friended Australia,” Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg told reports in Canberra on Tuesday, saying that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had told him that the ban would be lifted “in the coming days”.

Last Thursday, Facebook blocked Australian news sites from posting on the platform, and Australian users were prevented from viewing or sharing content from news outlets of any nationality. Also caught in the ban were various pages run by charitable organisations and government health agencies, disrupting coordination one week ahead of the country’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout.

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