Facebook Reverses Australia News Ban, Vows to ‘Invest in News Globally’

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Following international backlash, Facebook has reversed its decision to ban Australian users from sharing news and will restore the function “in the coming day,” the company said Monday.

After a week long standoff over a proposed law that saw even one of the company’s former CEOs calling for a boycott, Facebook appears to have conceded fully. A statement from Campbell Brown, Facebook’s head of Global News Partnerships, indicates the Australian government made no concessions to restore local news to Facebook’s feed.

“After further discussions with the Australian government, we have come to an agreement that will allow us to support the publishers we choose to, including small and local publishers,” Brown said in the statement first reported by CNBC contributor Alex Kantrowitz.

BREAKING: “We’re restoring news on Facebook in Australia in the coming days” says Facebook VP of global news partnerships . Full statement:

— Alex Kantrowitz (@Kantrowitz)

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