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'Fair go': Australia to make Facebook, Google pay for news in world first

Google protests, says the regulation ignores 'billions of clicks' that it sends to Australian news publishers each year

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Colin Packham | Reuters Sydney
Australia will force U.S. tech giants Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc's Google to pay Australian media outlets for news content in a landmark move to protect independent journalism that will be watched around the world.

Australia will become the first country to require Facebook and Google to pay for news content provided by media companies under a royalty-style system that will become law this year, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said.

"It's about a fair go for Australian news media businesses. It's about ensuring that we have increased competition, increased consumer protection, and a sustainable media landscape," Frydenberg told reporters in Melbourne.

"Nothing less than

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First Published: Jul 31 2020 | 10:15 AM IST

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