Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Facebook Dumping of Australian News Deals a Dereliction – Minister

Australian Minister for Communications, the Hon Michelle Rowland MP, has slammed a decision by Facebook parent company, Meta, to “deprecate” dedicated news access on its platform and decline renewal for “traditional” news content. (See story here)

“Meta’s decision to no longer pay for news content in a number of jurisdictions represents a dereliction of its commitment to the sustainability of Australian news media,” said Minister Rowland. “The Government has made its expectations clear. The decision removes a significant source of revenue for Australian news media businesses. Australian news publishers deserve fair compensation for the content they provide.

“The Australian Government is committed to the News Media Bargaining Code and is seeking advice from Treasury and the ACCC on next steps. We will now work through all available options under the News Media Bargaining Code. The Government will continue to engage with news publishers and platforms through this process.

“The Albanese Government is committed to promoting a strong, sustainable and diverse media sector given its vital importance to our democracy and social cohesion.”

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