After blocking Australian users from accessing news for a week, Facebook has finally agreed to unblock news in the country after a discussion with the Australian government to make changes to the law.
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Facebook will now block users and publishers in Australia from sharing and viewing Australian and international content. Elsewhere, sharing content from Australian publishers is also prohibited.
Facebook News is now available on the social media service's mobile app in the UK following its test launch in the U.S. Facebook also unveiled new partner publishers for the new feature.
Facebook News will launch in the U.K. in January 2021. The aim of the program is allow publishers to reach a wider audience coupled with a wide variety of advertisement and subscription offers.
Facebook is testing allowing users who have subscribed to its partner publishers to link their accounts to their subscriptions with those organizations, making it quicker to access paywalled content.
Facebook has announced plans to bring its News service to the U.K, Germany, France, India, and Brazil within the next 12 months. It said it will pay publishers of news that it curates.
Ahead of the U.S. elections scheduled later this year, Facebook has introduced new limitations for publishers that are linked to political entities, including exclusion from the News tab.
News is Facebook's move to sustain quality journalism, provide a variety of news, and strengthen democracy. It has been built with help from journalists, publishers, and news organizations.