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Fb pledges to speculate $ 1 billion in information after the stalemate in Australia

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Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg speaks at Georgetown University in a “Free Speech Conversation” in Washington, DC on October 17, 2019.

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Facebook announced on Wednesday that it plans to spend at least $ 1 billion in the news industry over the next three years.

The announcement comes just days after a heated debate with the Australian government over how much Facebook news publishers should pay for content.

“We have invested $ 600 million since 2018 to support the news industry and plan to increase at least $ 1 billion over the next three years,” said Nick Clegg, vice president of global affairs at Facebook, in a published Wednesday Blog.

“Facebook is more than willing to partner with news publishers,” added Clegg. “We are fully aware that quality journalism is at the heart of how open societies work – informing and empowering citizens and making those in power accountable.”

Last month, Facebook announced deals with a number of publishers in the UK including The Guardian, Telegraph Media Group, Financial Times, Daily Mail Group and Sky News. As a result, publishers will see their content in Facebook News, a special area within the Facebook app that contains curated and personalized news from hundreds of national, local and lifestyle publications.

Clegg said similar agreements were reached with publishers in the US and that Facebook is negotiating with publishers in Germany and France.

Facebook blocked news sites in Australia last Wednesday after the Australian government announced it was introducing a new law requiring Facebook to pay publishers to link their stories.

The ban was short-lived, however, as Facebook signed a deal with the Australian government on Monday to add news sites back to its platform.

Google also plans to spend $ 1 billion on news over the next three years.

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