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Google is under growing pressure to pay for information that, for two decades, the search provider snipped from the Web – and made a mint from – without paying a sen.
Facebook restored access to news for Australian users, following an agreement with the government on landmark law requiring tech firms to pay for journalistic content.
Facebook Inc’s brief but tempestuous standoff with the Australian government over a world-first pay-for-news law is only the start of a string of regulatory battles that the world’s biggest social network faces in 2021.
Facebook agreed to roll back a ban on news for Australian users after the government made changes to a proposed media law that had sparked the blackout last week.
Australia’s push to regulate tech giants has become a power struggle between two of the world’s most powerful men, with Rupert Murdoch and Mark Zuckerberg locked in a generational battle for media dominance.
Australia's health department will no longer advertise on Facebook for its vaccination campaign, as the government's feud with the social media giant escalates.
CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia will not alter legislation that would make Facebook and Alphabet Inc's Google pay news outlets for content, a senior lawmaker said on Monday, as Canberra neared a final vote on whether to pass the bill into law.
For years, Facebook has been in a defensive crouch amid a slew of privacy scandals, antitrust lawsuits and charges that it was letting hate speech and extremism destroy democracy. Early Thursday, though, it abruptly pivoted to take the offensive in Australia, where it lowered the boom on publishers and the government with a sudden decision to block news on its platform across the entire country.
Australia and Facebook are back in talks on how to implement paying for news content, following the social media giant removal of all Australian news content from its service.
Australia’s prime minister on Feb 19 urged Facebook to lift its blockade of Australian users and return to the negotiating table with news publishing businesses, warning that other countries would follow his government’s example in making digital giants pay for journalism.