What Australia's new law might mean for the news you see in the future

In Australia, the websites that were previously blocked by Facebook are now accessible and sharable once again. But the battle involving social networks and news is just beginning. This week Australia’s government passed a law this week that offered a glimpse at the future for Facebook and media consumers around the world. The News Media Bargaining Code, passed Wednesday, effectively forces big tech platforms to pay publishers for news content. This first-of-its-kind law was hotly debated in recent months, with Facebook and Google opposing the initial version of the legislation, which would have allowed media outlets to bargain either individually or collectively with them — and to

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