In Australia, Google makes publisher deals, Facebook walks

Facebook restricts users in Australia from sharing or viewing news links in response to proposed legislation

"The draft media bargaining code aims to ensure Australian news businesses, including independent, community and regional media, can get a seat at the table for fair negotiations with Facebook and Google", ACCC chairman Rod Sims said in a statement at the time.

The social media giant said in a blog post the move was in response to the federal government's proposed legislation to create a news media bargaining code.

"The proposed law fundamentally misunderstands the relationship between our platform and publishers who use it to share news content".

Ms. Silva told an Australian Senate hearing last month that if the current plan went ahead, "it would give us no real choice but to stop making Google Search available in Australia". "With a heavy heart, we are choosing the latter", Easton added.

Now, lawmakers from Australia's center-left Labor party have endorsed the bill at a meeting in Canberra on Tuesday, according to sources who have remained anonymous as they were not authorized to speak to media on the matter and declined to be identified.

After threatening to pull Search from Australia because of a proposed new law requiring it to pay for news, Google has started paying up. See?

"Google Search is inextricably intertwined with news and publishers do not voluntarily provide their content", Easton said. Reuters is owned by news and information provider Thomson Reuters Corp. Facebook doesn't have the same fears.

COVID-19 recoveries in St Lucia
Meanwhile, there have now been 171,755 COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the province, including almost 23,000 second doses. The Ministry of Health also reports one new COVID-19 related death bringing the total number of deaths in country to 24.

Facebook said the changes meant Australian users could not view or share global news content on Facebook, or content from Australian and worldwide pages. Australian users won't see links or posts from publishers in other countries.

Facebook will restrict news content for Australian users.

Publishers have responded to Facebook's ban on news content in Australia, with Nine Entertainment saying the move proves the social platform's monopoly position. Under the agreement, Google will negotiate individual licensing deals with newspapers, with payments based on factors such as the amount published daily and monthly internet site traffic.

Many smaller digital publishers are expected to feel the ban the most because they use social media to reach, build and maintain audiences.

Google has already begun working with publishers to drive lump sum payments so that they continue to surface news content in the country, striking a deal Wednesday with Rupert Murdoch's News Corp, despite their own earlier threats to shut down in Australia. Eventually, Google worked around the proposed rules and Australians didn't suffer the uneasy fate of being the Bing Nation. However, the publisher says that the arrangement will include "the development of a subscription platform, the sharing of ad revenue via Google's ad technology services, the cultivation of audio journalism and meaningful investments in innovative video journalism by YouTube". Other countries have been looking at what is happening in Australia. Big Tech is also facing antitrust backlash in the U.S.

The pact comes amid a push for sweeping new regulations in Murdoch's homeland of Australia, where the government has been poised to crack down on tech giants by forcing them to pay local news outlets for featuring and linking to their stories.

"Facebook is telling Australians that rather than participate meaningfully in regulatory efforts, it would prefer to operate a platform in which real news has been abandoned or de-prioritised, leaving misinformation to fill the void".

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