Friends Reunite As Facebook & Australia Make Up

Facebook will lift a block on news pages in Australia following a week-long standoff between the social media giant and the Australian Federal Government. It will return its site to normal after the Treasurer Josh Frydenberg agreed to make changes to new legislation targeting social media platforms.

The effect is to defuse Facebook's damaging confrontation with a national government and will have an impact on other social media platforms, notably including Google. 

The changes included a decision to officially designate a social platform under the proposed legal code, but take into account whether the technology  company has made a significant contribution to Australian journalism through commercial agreements with local news companies.

Under the revised code, a digital platform will be notified of the Government’s intention to designate, prior to any final decision being made and the decision on whether or not to officially recognsise a designated digital platform would be made, no sooner than one month from the date of notification. A final offer of arbitration will also be made as a last resort where commercial deals cannot be reached by requiring mediation.

"Importantly, the amendments will strengthen the hand of regional and small publishers in obtaining appropriate remuneration for the use of their content by the digital platforms." Mr Frydenberg said in a statement.

The amendments to the proposed legislation will  encourage parties to engage in commercial negotiations with intention to rebuild sustainable public interest journalism in Australia, which has been undermined by the predominance of social media in delivering news.In response Facebook intends to restore Australian news pages.  "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," Facebook said in a statement.

Facebook says it will now negotiate deals with Australian publishers under its own model, called Facebook News, which was launched in October. It claims to have made deals with more than 50 Australian titles and more than 500 publishers globally, using its own model,  to date.

The case will have been watched closely by other world leaders as countries such as the UK and Canada are considering similar legislation. Google has been signing up Australia’s largest media companies in content licensing deals through its own News Showcase model.   

Facebook:      The West:        Sky:        Hollywood Reporter:        Time:     DevDiscourse: 

You Might Also Read:

Facebook & Google Will Be Regulated:

 

« Every Employee Should Be Considered A Target
Tracking Modern Slavery On The Dark Web »

Perimeter 81

Directory of Suppliers

DigitalStakeout

DigitalStakeout

A simple and cost-effective solution to monitor, investigate and analyze data from the web, social media and cyber sources to identify threats and make better security decisions.

XYPRO Technology

XYPRO Technology

XYPRO is the market leader in HPE Non-Stop Security, Risk Management and Compliance.

Cylance Smart Antivirus

Cylance Smart Antivirus

An antivirus that works smarter, not harder, from BlackBerry. Lightweight, non-intrusive protection powered by artificial intelligence. BUY NOW - LIMITED DISCOUNT OFFER.

Perimeter 81

Perimeter 81

Perimeter 81 is a Zero Trust Network as a Service designed to simplify secure network, cloud and application access for the modern and distributed workforce.

Authentic8

Authentic8

Authentic8 transforms how organizations secure and control the use of the web with Silo, its patented cloud browser.

Cyber Security Service Supplier Directory

Cyber Security Service Supplier Directory

Free Access: Cyber Security Service Supplier Directory listing 5,000+ specialist service providers.

BackupVault

BackupVault

BackupVault is a leading provider of completely automatic, fully encrypted online, cloud backup.

eBook: Practical Guide to Security in the AWS Cloud

eBook: Practical Guide to Security in the AWS Cloud

AWS Marketplace would like to present you with a digital copy of the new book, Practical Guide to Security in the AWS Cloud, by the SANS Institute.

Jooble

Jooble

Jooble is a job search aggregator operating in 71 countries worldwide. We simplify the job search process by displaying active job ads from major job boards and career sites across the internet.

European Security Round Table (ESRT)

European Security Round Table (ESRT)

ESRT is a platform for the EU, NATO and other relevant actors to discuss European security and defence issues including cyber security.

eco

eco

eco, with more than 950 member organizations, is the largest Internet industry association in Europe.

Center for Strategic Cyberspace & International Studies (CSCIS)

Center for Strategic Cyberspace & International Studies (CSCIS)

CSCIS seeks to advance global cyberspace security and prosperity by providing strategic insights for cyberspace and policy solutions to decision makers.

Pixalate

Pixalate

Pixalate is an omni-channel fraud intelligence company that works with brands and platforms to prevent invalid traffic and improve ad inventory quality.

Slovak National Accreditation Service (SNAS)

Slovak National Accreditation Service (SNAS)

SNAS is the national accreditation body for Slovakia. The directory of members provides details of organisations offering certification services for ISO 27001.

Capsule8

Capsule8

Capsule8 is the only company providing high-performance attack protection for Linux production environments.

IoT M2M Council (IMC)

IoT M2M Council (IMC)

The IMC is the largest and fastest-growing trade organisation in the IoT/M2M sector.

Asia ICS Cyber Security Conference

Asia ICS Cyber Security Conference

Asia ICS Cyber Security Conference is a day of intense presentations and panel discussions on the latest Cyber Security threats and solutions targeted at industrial control systems.

CYRISMA

CYRISMA

CYRISMA is a revolutionary cybersecurity platform that helps organizations manage risk without the usual headaches associated with enterprise cybersecurity tools.