Australia will make Facebook, Google pay news outlets for content

SYDNEY: Aus­tralia locked in plans on Tues­day to make Face­book Inc and Google pay its media out­lets for news con­tent, a world-first move aimed at pro­tect­ing inde­pen­dent jour­nal­ism that has drawn strong oppo­si­tion from the inter­net giants.

Under laws to be intro­duced to par­lia­ment on Wednes­day, Trea­sur­er Josh Fry­den­berg said the Big Tech firms will have to nego­ti­ate how much they pay local pub­lish­ers and broad­cast­ers for con­tent that appears on their platforms.

If they can­not strike a deal, a gov­ern­ment-appoint­ed arbi­tra­tor will decide how much they will need to pay.

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