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

Why Facebook blocked news in Australia, and what comes next | Australia news

On Thursday, Facebook blocked all news on its platform in Australia. This historic move came during escalating tensions over legislation that would force Facebook and Google to negotiate a fair payment with news organisations for using their content. Reporter Joshua Taylor explains the key arguments for and against the Media Continue Reading

I told you Facebook was bad – I even posted cartoons about it on Facebook | First Dog on the Moon

Even the Bureau of Meteorology were on the receiving end of Facebook’s despotic strongarm stunt Sign up here to get an email whenever First Dog cartoons are published Get all your needs met at the First Dog shop if what you need is First Dog merchandise and prints Continue reading… Continue Reading

Google threatens to shut down search in Australia over digital news code – video | Technology- Tempemail

Google Australia’s managing director Mel Silva has told a Senate committee the tech giant could remove its search engine from Australia if a code forcing the companies to negotiate payments to news media companies goes ahead. The threat comes as Google and Facebook are fighting against legislation currently before the Continue Reading

Australian MP targeted by conspiracy posts calls for Facebook to be treated as publisher | Technology- Tempemail

The Nationals MP Anne Webster is lobbying senior ministers to bring forward legislation that would force Facebook and other platforms to assume editorial responsibility for the content they publish, in an effort to combat proliferating misinformation. Webster launched defamation proceedings against Australian conspiracy theorist Karen Brewer over a series of 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