Thompson said the steps announced by Google and Facebook to stem misinformation and improve the quality of online news were "modest steps toward changing a digital environment that is dysfunctional at its core."
"The bot-infested badlands are hardly a safe space for advertisers, whose brands are being tainted by association with the extreme, the violent and the repulsive."
Thompson said News Corp is seeing growth in online visits and subscriptions to its media properties such as the Wall Street Journal and The Sun of Britain, but added that "the potential returns for our journalism would be far higher in a less chaotic, less debased digital environment."
A longtime critic of the dominant online companies, Thompson said he welcomed the decision by Google to end a "first click free" requirement for news items in search queries, and Facebook's efforts to enable readers to know more about sources of articles on its news feed.
But he noted that the online firms "are in the midst of a particularly disruptive period, commercially, socially and politically."
For the quarter ending in December, News Corp reported a USD 66 million loss, as it set aside USD 174 million for recalculated taxes following the passage of a US fiscal reform measure.
Total revenue for the fiscal second quarter rose three per cent to USD 2.18 billion, with operating profits showing modest changes at its divisions for newspapers, book publishing and digital real estate.
Revenues for its News UK, News Corp Australia and Dow Jones units grew seven per cent, four per cent and one per cent, respectively.
Advertising revenues declined six per cent from a year ago, in part due to weakness in the print advertising market and the decision to end publication of the Wall Street Journal's international print editions.
Circulation and subscription revenues increased six per cent, as Dow Jones saw a 10 per cent bump in revenues fuelled by gains from digital subscriber growth at the Wall Street Journal.
Digital subscriptions for the US business daily rose to 1.39 million in the final three months of the year from 1.08 million a year earlier.
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