Facebook returns to the negotiating table one day after news ban

Facebook returns to the negotiating table one day after news ban
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Since Facebook’s last attempt to engage on commercial deals, Google has agreed to multimillion-dollar deals with News Corp, Nine, Seven West Media and Guardian Australia and smaller outlets such as youth website Junkee. The ABC remains in talks with Google and Communications Minister Paul Fletcher said on Thursday that any proceeds the broadcaster receives will not “lead to a reduction in the funding” that the government provides.

It is unlikely a deal with Nine or News Corp will be struck with Facebook because it still has not removed a “poison pill” clause allowing it to terminate any deals it struck with publishers upon the passage of the new laws. The sources said the offers put back on the table had no significant changes to the ones previously rejected for the…



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