Facebook signs preliminary pay deals with three Australian news publishers

26 Février, 2021, 13:45 | Auteur: Therese Cote
  • Australia passes new law requiring Facebook and Google to pay for news

Addressing its row with the Australian government and contentions of the platform "stealing" news, Facebook said that it was like "forcing carmakers to fund radio stations because people might listen to them in the auto".

Last week, Canadian Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault, in charge of crafting legislation, condemned Facebook's decision to shut down all news sites in Australia for several days, and said it would not deter Ottawa from introducing new rules.

But tweaks to the legislation appear to have softened Facebook's stance, and major publishers are already penning deals with the company.

The development of a code of conduct is part of the government's response to the ACCC's Digital Platforms Inquiry final report to promote competition, enhance consumer protection and support a sustainable Australian media landscape in the digital age.

After much controversy, the parliament of Australia moved Thursday to pass the News Media and Digital Platforms Mandatory Bargaining Code: a landmark news media law that will force tech giants Facebook, which owns Instagram, and Google to pay Australian publishers for content that makes its way to the free-to-use platforms.

'News publishers and governments have worked together to fight for fair treatment.

It was just over a week since the company removed it amid negotiations with the federal government and news publishers. Mr. Clegg acknowledged that the internet has disrupted the news business, and said the company plans to spend $1 billion in the next three years to support it. Since their emergence around the turn of the century, Google and Facebook have been largely unregulated and have grown into two of the world's largest and most profitable companies.

Google has struck a series of deals with publishers, including a global content arrangement with News Corp, after earlier threatening to withdraw its search engine from Australia over the laws.

Australia passes new law requiring Facebook and Google to pay for news

The Canadian government has publicly committed to following Australia's example in tabling legislation that will require Silicon Valley businesses to pay for news.

Facebook and Google threatened for months to pull core services from Australia if the media laws took effect.

The social media platform was condemned by politicians and users around the world after it blocked 25million Australians from viewing and sharing news articles on February 18 amid a dispute about the terms of the code.

Google recently announced a willingness to pay for content through its Google News Showcase licensing model, but it hasn't begun to operate yet, Cox said.

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies at a Senate Judiciary and Commerce Committees Joint Hearing in Washington on April 10, 2018.

As for what can be learned from Australia's situation, Carson said Canada should consider whether Australia took the right approach.

"Google and Facebook are excellent at dividing publishers and playing them off against each other", said Axel Voss, a center-right German member of the European Parliament who oversaw the copyright law's adoption.

The architect of Australia's new media laws claimed victory, despite the last-minute changes which critics claimed had made too many concessions to the likes of Facebook.

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