Dec 8, 2020

Australia to debate bill to make Google and Facebook pay for news

Australia is to introduce a bill into parliament that would force Facebook and Google to pay news outlets for featuring their journalism. The Australian government said the "World-first" laws would mandate a process for news outlets to negotiate "Fair" payments for their work. As more readers have moved online in recent years, tech giants have faced calls internationally to pay more for news stories hosted on their platforms. The bill will be introduced in the House of Representatives on Wednesday but is unlikely to be passed until the new year, local media reported. The bill includes Australia's two public broadcasters ABC and SBS, and requirements for Google and Facebook to share user data of news stories with their publishers.

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