The Australian government wants the online giants Facebook and Google to pay for links to news stories, and those companies are paying hardball. I spoke about the stoush this morning with David Penberton and Will Goodings on 1395 FIVEaa in Adelaide.
It’s no secret that traditional news outlets are losing advertising revenue, so the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has developed a draft code of conduct under which usage fees would be negotiated.
But Google is posting messages claiming people’s news experience would suffer. And Facebook reckons it could ban the sharing of news completely. The ACCC says Facebook’s threat defies logic.
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