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CANBERRA — Facebook will restore Australian news pages after Canberra offered amendments to a proposed law designed to force tech giants to pay for media content displayed on their platforms, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said on Tuesday.
Australia and the social media group have been locked in a standoff for more than a week after the government introduced legislation that challenged Facebook and Alphabet Inc’s Google’s dominance in the news content market. nL8N2KO5O3]
Facebook last week blocked all news content and several state government and emergency department accounts.
But after a series of talks between Frydenberg and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg over the weekend, a concession deal has been struck.
Australia will offer four amendments, which includes a change to the mandatory arbitration mechanism used when the tech giants cannot reach a deal with publishers over fair payment for displaying news content.
“We are satisfied that the Australian government has agreed to a number of changes and guarantees that address our core concerns about allowing commercial deals that recognize the value our platform provides to publishers relative to the value we receive from them,” Facebook said in a statement posted online.
The amendments include a two-month mediation period before the government-appointed arbitrator intervenes, giving the parties more time to reach a private deal.
It also inserts a rule that an internet company’s contribution to the “sustainability of the Australian news industry” via existing deals be taken into account.
The issue has been widely watched internationally as other countries including Canada and Britain consider similar legislation.
“These amendments will provide further clarity to digital platforms and news media businesses about the way the code is intended to operate and strengthen the framework for ensuring news media businesses are fairly remunerated,” Frydenberg said in a statement.
Australia had until Monday said it would make no further changes to the legislation.
A spokesman for Australian publisher and broadcaster Nine Entertainment Co. welcomed the government’s compromise, which it said moved “Facebook back into the negotiations with Australian media organizations.”
A Google spokesman declined to comment.
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission chair Rod Sims, the main architect of the law, was not immediately available for comment. At a speech earlier on Tuesday, Sims declined to answer questions about the standoff on the grounds that it was before parliament. (Reporting by Colin Packham and Byron Kaye; additional reporting by Renju Jose; Writing by Jonathan Barrett; Editing by Sam Holmes)
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How Indigenous social media influencers inspired podcast host on journey of self-discovery – CBC.ca
Inuk throat singer Shina Novalinga has eight million views and counting of a TikTok video showing her casually snacking on raw caribou.
Cree hoop dancer James Jones has racked up over four million for a clip of himself performing to traditional tunes in his living room.
And who can forget the TikTok video of Nathan Apodaca skateboarding to Fleetwood Mac tunes that was now been watched almost 80 million times?
Indigenous influencers are here. They have made a space for themselves on social media and are using it to showcase their talents and cultures, bridge societal divides, and spotlight Indigenous art, humour and ways of life.
Nathan Apodaca just chillin on his skateboard. This is so calming for me. Thanks <a href=”https://twitter.com/MickFleetwood?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@MickFleetwood</a> for joining <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/Dreams?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#Dreams</a> <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/FleetwoodMac?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#FleetwoodMac</a> <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/GoodVibes?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#GoodVibes</a> <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/HappyHippie?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#HappyHippie</a> <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/WorldPeace?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#WorldPeace</a> <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/PositiveMovingEnergy?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#PositiveMovingEnergy</a> <a href=”https://t.co/HN6WwFWlxT”>pic.twitter.com/HN6WwFWlxT</a>
Jeremy Ratt, host of the CBC podcast Pieces, says his journey toward understanding his Indigenous identity, which is charted in the podcast, was made easier by the contributions Indigenous influencers are making online.
“It was a really essential step because it established that I wasn’t alone in my problems, I wasn’t alone in not feeling Indigenous enough due to those external voices,” said 20-year-old Ratt, speaking on CBC’s The Early Edition about his podcast.
‘Amplify our voices’
Sherry McKay, an Oji-Cree TikTok influencer in Winnipeg, told Ratt that while she uses her platform to educate and make people laugh, it also helps her assert herself as an Indigenous person.
“It’s kind of like walking in two worlds,” she said. “Trying to maintain your identity as an Indigenous person and then also acknowledging that you are white passing or light skin.”
McKay says Indigenous people don’t want their stories to be told by non-Indigenous people anymore.
Instead, “we want them to amplify our voices,” she told Ratt.
Those voices have long been muted and misrepresented by mainstream media, says Candis Callison, an associate journalism professor at the University of British Columbia.
She says social media has given Indigenous people their narrative back.
“The ways in which they use these platforms to hold mainstream media accountable is really a game-changer,” said Callison, who is Tahltan.
Definition of ‘influencer’
Shayla Oulette Stonechild, who is Plains Cree and an Aboriginal Peoples Television Network host, has an Instagram account with over 40,000 followers. She said she never thought of herself as an influencer until someone threw the term her way.
“Because really, what an influencer is is showing people another way of life and influencing people to maybe make changes or to bring awareness to issues that people may not know about,” she said.
Stonechild says her content ideas often come to her through ceremony, meditation and yoga practice.
“Then I know it’s coming through spirit and not intellect,” she said.
Ratt told The Early Edition that Stonechild’s content resonated with him because there is a spiritual element to Pieces as well.
“The biggest part of Pieces was really connecting with my family … and being connected more to my culture and my Indigenous side,” he said. “It was such a powerful thing for me to really take in because it’s led to some of the most transformative moments in my journey.”
The impact Indigenous influencers have had on Ratt’s journey to better understand his Woods-Cree roots have inspired him to start his own TikTok account.
“Making art and creating content online has always interested me since I was a kid,” he said. “I’m not sure what I’ll do on TikTok yet, but my conversations with Sherry and company have made me want to take those first steps.”
Pieces is a five-part CBC podcast that explores what it means to be Indigenous. Join 19-year-old Jeremy Ratt on a journey of self discovery as he seeks to understand his roots and all of the distinct “pieces” that form who he is today.
You can subscribe now wherever you get your podcasts.
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