Facebook said Tuesday it will end its week-long blockade of Australian news sites after reaching agreement with the Australian government on a pending law that forces Facebook and Google to pay news providers for their content. "Facebook has refriended Australia," Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said Tuesday. Under the agreement, the government will introduce amendments to its News Media Bargaining Code legislation that give Facebook and Google, among other things, more time to reach agreement with news providers before a government arbitration panel steps in with a binding deal. Google, after first threatening to pull its search engine from Australia, changed course and started reaching content deals with Australian news publishers.
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