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How Facebook Won in the News-Blackout Standoff With Australia

Todd Spangler NY Digital EditorWho blinked in the fight between the Australian government and Facebook?Both sides were able to claim some measure of victory Tuesday, after Facebook said it will restore the ability for users and publishers to share news on its platform Down Under following the government’s agreement to make certain revisions to a pending law that will require internet companies to pay news media organizations.But the balance of power clearly remained with Facebook, whose weeklong Australian ban on news proved a salient point: Media outlets need Facebook more than the other way around.Facebook got key concessions from Australia’s government.

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