UPDATE 1-Australian lawmakers expected to pass amendments to Facebook, Google law squib

Australian lawmakers areexpected to approve amendments to landmark legislation to forceFacebook and Alphabet's Google to pay mediacompanies for news content, despite opposition from some minorpolitical parties. The government introduced amendments to the so-called MediaBargaining Code after Facebook last week escalated a disputeover the new laws by blocking Australian users from sharing andviewing news content on its popular social media platform. Australia's Senate began debating the amendments onWednesday.
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