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Australia should force Meta to pay for news, News Corp executive says



CANBERRA – Australia should force Meta Platforms to pay news companies for content that appears on Facebook and impose broader regulation on social media firms, a senior News Corp executive said.

Meta said in March it would stop paying Australian news publishers for content. The government is now considering whether to apply a 2021 law that would force it to do so.

“Meta must be designated under the Media Bargaining Code and challenged to negotiate in good faith,” News Corp Australia executive chairman Michael Miller said in a speech in Canberra, using the jargon of the 2021 legislation.

“We had a deal – and they walked away. I believe they have an obligation to renew the agreements, and honour our laws,” he said.

“We can’t let ourselves be bullied.”

Publishers argue that Facebook and other internet giants reap unfair advertising revenue when links to news articles appear on their platforms.

Meta struck payment deals with Australian media firms in 2021, most of which lapse this year.



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