The two will partner to develop a subscription platform and cultivate audio and video journalism, as well as share ad revenue, News Corp. said in a statement Wednesday. The deal makes Seven West the first major Aussie news outlet to seal a licensing deal with Google in the wake of the new law that would soon go into effect.
Facebook has banned Australian news.
Microsoft president Brad Smith, whose company is promoting its Bing search engine as an alternative to Google Search, released a statement on February 11 calling Facebook's and Google's response to the Australian plan "dramatic" and saying the USA government should drop its opposition to the proposals.
However Mr Fletcher said the government would continue to move ahead with legislating the code.
But Facebook said it "will restrict publishers and people in Australia from sharing or viewing Australian and worldwide news content".
Facebook News, the social network's new section dedicated to personalised news content, launched in the United Kingdom last month, allowing users to see curated news stories from major national, local and lifestyle media outlets.
Google has been fighting a proposed Australian law, which News Corp. supports, that would force the search giant and Facebook to pay publishers for the value their stories generate on the internet giants' digital platforms.
He said Facebook's decision to remove access to news for Australians raised questions about whether people could trust what they saw on the platform.
But the tech giant has also come under fire for allowing pages run by the likes of China's communist regime to post unabated, while stopping millions of Australians from accessing reliable and informative news.
With the new legislation set to pass in Australia, Google has struck deals with some of the country's top news outlets, and will now pay them for the content it has previously stolen.
"The signs are that the Australian government and Google are close to a compromise", said Paul Budde, an independent media and telecommunications industry analyst.
Mr Easton wrote that the proposed legislation "seeks to penalise Facebook for content it didn't take or ask for". "We will now prioritise investments to other countries".
Most Australian news pages have had all their content stripped from the page, including cover photos in some cases.
"Facebook blocking news in the middle of a pandemic, when accurate information is a key plank of the public health response really tells you all you need know about how much Zuckerberg cares about Australian society and cohesion", claimed Cooper.
Thomson, during an earnings call earlier this month, said he hoped News Corp.'s effort would lead to similar arrangements with other news publishers.