QUOTE BOX-Reaction a Facebook agree a licensing agreement with Australia on media law

Facebook said on Tuesday it will restore Australian news pages after negotiating changes with the government to a bill that forces tech giants to pay for media displayed on their platforms.

Comments are given below from Facebook, Australia and analysts: JOSH FRYDENBERG, THE AUSTRALIAN TREASURER

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“There is no doubt that Australia has been a proxy battle for the world. I have no doubt that so many other countries are watching what is happening here in Australia. “Facebook and Google have made no secret of the fact that they know that the eyes of the world are on Australia, which is why they tried to get a working code here. “

CAMPBELL BROWN, GLOBAL NEWS PARTNERSHIP VICE PRESIDENT OF FACEBOOK “We’ve come to an agreement that will allow us to support the publishers we choose, including small local publishers.

“The government has made it clear that we will retain the ability to decide if the news will appear Facebook so that we will not automatically be subject to forced negotiation. “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 do not take into account the true exchange of value between publishers and platforms like Facebook. “

TAMA LEAVER, PROFESSOR OF INTERNET STUDIES AT CURTIN UNIVERSITY, AUSTRALIA “It’s not a tie.

“Despite Facebook they have managed to cover some concessions and the law is perhaps softer, I still think they have been the big losers here simply because of the way they have tried to negotiate over the last week. Many Australians are much more reluctant to rely on Facebook and in terms of their reputation and Australian user base they have lost trust. “The law itself remains untested. It’s like a gun that sits in the treasurer’s desk that hasn’t been used or tested. “

RICHARD WINDSOR, INDEPENDENT BRITISH TECHNOLOGY ANALYST “Facebook he achieved a major victory by reaching an agreement with the Australian government regarding the payment of the news from Australian sources with concessions that virtually guarantee that everything will be as usual from up here.

“Before this” sudden “turn, Facebook he had blocked access to his platform for all Australian news, causing a great public outcry. Critically, the Australian news sites it has also been very successful in Internet traffic, clearly demonstrating that the Australian media needs it Facebook more than Facebook he needs it. “Facebook has been accused of acting like North Korea in its actions but I think they are fully justified as Australia (and everyone else) seems to see Facebook as a free public service rather than as a business.

“Like the news sites they quickly realized that their advertising revenues would likely be lower without it Facebook than with it though Facebook it does not pay them at all for their content. “This clearly shows that the current deal is better than no deal. This notion of the free Internet is the classic misconception that is held up by both the general public and lawmakers, and the sooner it is dispelled, the sooner the correct employment relationship can be established. “

PAUL BUDDE, INDEPENDENT INTERNET ANALYST BASED IN AUSTRALIA “Facebook has won, as the necessary changes have been made to the legislation that prevents them from making changes to their business model. “

The Australian government was still able to say that it “stood up to the giants and got international attention (but) the digital giants remain stronger than ever.”

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  • Facebook said on Tuesday it will restore Australian news pages after negotiating changes with the government to a bill that forces tech giants to pay for media displayed on their platforms. Comments are given below from Facebook, Australia and analysts: JOSH FRYDENBERG, THE AUSTRALIAN TREASURER “There is no doubt that Australia has been a proxy battle for the world.
  • QUOTE BOX-Reaction a Facebook agree a licensing agreement with Australia on media law