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Facebook, Australia Reach Deal to Restore News Pages After Shutdown

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Social media giant Facebook has agreed to restore news pages to its site in Australia.


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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