Meta clashes with Australia: Plans to halt news content payments

Meta Platforms has announced its decision to stop paying Australian news publishers for content shared on Facebook, igniting tensions with the Australian government.

Publication: 01.03.2024 - 10:42
Meta clashes with Australia: Plans to halt news content payments
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This move challenges the 2021 Australian law mandating internet giants to negotiate licensing deals with news outlets, a global first aimed at ensuring publishers are compensated for their content's online use. Meta, arguing that news constitutes only a small portion of users' feeds, also plans to remove a news promotion tab in Australia and the United States, following similar actions in the UK, France, and Germany.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese criticized Meta's decision, highlighting the unfairness of profiting from journalism without equitable investment. The Australian government is now consulting with the Treasury and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) on possible responses.

Meta's stance has sparked a backlash from Australian media, with industry leaders condemning the tech giant's refusal to negotiate and emphasizing the potential harm to journalism quality and media sustainability. While Meta's current deals with Australian media are due to expire in 2024, the company faces pressure to reevaluate its approach amid growing global concern over the financial health of the news industry.

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