Jul 31, 2020

Australia unveils plan to force Google and Facebook to pay for news

The Australian government has unveiled its plan to force tech giants such as Google and Facebook to pay news outlets for their content. Facebook and Google strongly oppose the proposal, even suggesting they could walk away from Australia's news market. It would allow news companies to negotiate as a bloc with tech giants for content which appears in their news feeds and search results. The code will initially focus on Google and Facebook but could be expanded to other tech companies, the treasurer said. Facebook has previously suggested it could remove Australian news from its platform if such requirements were imposed - arguing the cost to its business would be negligible.

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