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Op-Ed: Huh? Facebook reverses Australian news sites ban

Sydney - An abrupt reversal of Facebook’s ban on Australian news sites seems based on a compromise to media laws. These laws require payment for publication of links. Google and Facebook have objected to the laws, but obviously there’s room from maneuver.

Op-Ed: Facebook starts blocks on links to Australian news sites

Sydney - Well, it’s happened. Facebook is blocking links from Australian news sites. Unlike Google, Facebook hasn’t been at all interested in doing any deal with the new legislation, and this is the result.

Op-Ed: Evaluating the Google proposal to Australia — Too nice by half

Sydney - Google has been singled out as a target for legislation in Australia. This highly selective approach hasn’t gone down well with some people and businesses. Google has come up with a compromise proposal, and it’s worth a look.

Op-Ed: Google and Facebook vs Australia – A test for global news groups

Sydney - The Australian government’s decision to get Google and Facebook to pay for Australian news site content isn’t getting traction with the internet heavyweights. Arguments are total opposites, and it’s a serious test of government vs the internet.

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