US pressures Australia to scrap proposed laws to make Facebook, Google pay for news

Have you been following this story or our shared posts and commentary? It’s interesting that Australia is largely leading the charge on this attribution model. Previously, the concerns were largely financial – if the likes of Google and Facebook have to pay media outlets for news, what does that mean for end users, especially in Australia. Will those costs eventually be passed down so that what is essentially a free service now becomes a paid service in the future?

So what does it mean now that governments have involved themselves in this issue? It not only is a financial debate but a political one?

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A letter from the US President asks Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg to back down on plans to legislate a bargaining code that would force tech giants Google and Facebook to pay for Australian news.