Competition watchdog expects Google and Facebook to strike deal with small publishers | Australia news

If smaller and regional publishers don’t get a deal under the news media code, the government retains the “trigger” to force Google and Facebook to the negotiating table, competition tsar Rod Sims says. The code passed the Senate on Wednesday evening with amendments, a day after the Morrison government struck Continue Reading

Google denies Peter Costello’s claim it uses Australian news content to boost revenue | Media- Tempemail

Google Australia has said a claim by the Nine Entertainment chairman, Peter Costello, that the global search engine profits from local news content was “demonstrably incorrect”. Costello told Nine’s annual general meeting that the company invested $1bn this financial year in premium content across its platforms – which include Channel Continue Reading

Backers of Australia’s mandatory news code welcome French ruling on Google | Media

Australia’s competition tsar has welcomed a landmark legal decision by French courts to order Google to negotiate payments with publishers. The global development in holding the tech giants to account comes as the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission puts the finishing touches to a mandatory news code that will be Continue Reading

Morrison warns Facebook and Google he won’t respond well to any threats over news code | Australia news

Scott Morrison has warned big tech companies against employing “coercion” in their arm wrestle with the Australian government over paying for the use of news content. The Australian prime minister warned he does not respond well to threats on Monday, commenting on an escalating campaign against a proposed media industry Continue Reading

Regional publishers hit back at Facebook’s ‘inflammatory’ threat to ban news sharing in Australia | Media

Facebook’s threat to ban news sharing in Australia rather than abide by a media bargaining code is an inflammatory overreaction, regional publishers say. Facebook broke its silence on Tuesday and said it would block Australians from sharing news on its platform if the landmark plan to make them and Google Continue Reading

If Facebook carries out its threat, Australian feeds will be awash with even more misinformation | Belinda Barnet | Opinion

Facebook has more impact on public discourse and on what Australians believe than any other source. Almost 90% of adults have an account that we check on average 29 times a week: more frequently than we read a newspaper, listen to the radio, or watch a TV show combined. Over Continue Reading

Facebook’s threat to block Australians from sharing news is a premature overreaction | Allan Fels | Opinion

Within the lively debate – some might even call it a “shouting match” – about the ACCC’s draft news media and digital platforms mandatory bargaining code, the issue at the core of its development is in danger of losing its way. The need for the code is that the digital Continue Reading

Australian consumer watchdog to examine anti-competitive behaviour by Google and Facebook | Australia news

The competition watchdog will conduct two new inquiries into possible anti-competitive behaviour by digital platforms such as Facebook and Google, and services allowing online advertisers to target Australian internet users. The treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, has instructed the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to begin the new inquiries as part of Continue Reading

The Coalition says it’s cracking down on Facebook and Google – but what does it actually mean? | Australia news

The federal government has announced its response to the competition regulator’s massive report on Facebook and Google, agreeing to new powers and funding for the consumer watchdog to monitor the digital giants. But what will it actually mean? What did the ACCC recommend? In its landmark digital platforms report released Continue Reading

Consumer watchdog given new powers to crack down on Google and Facebook | Australia news

The prime minister, Scott Morrison, has announced a crackdown on Google and Facebook, agreeing to new powers and funding for the consumer watchdog to monitor the digital giants. Responding to the the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s 18-month inquiry into the impact of Google, Facebook and other digital platforms on Continue Reading