Canada Facebook explains after its coup in Australia and announces a billion dollars for the media

17:50  25 february  2021
17:50  25 february  2021 Source:   liberation.fr

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«600 millions de dollars depuis 2018 pour soutenir l’industrie de la presse et au moins un milliard supplémentaire dans les trois prochaines années», a expliqué mercredi le vice-président chargé de la communication de Facebook, Nick Clegg. © Lino Mirgeler "600 million dollars since 2018 to support the newspaper industry and at least an additional billion in next three years, "Facebook vice president of communications Nick Clegg said on Wednesday.

After its coup in Australia, the American giant explains. In an blog post published Wednesday by Vice President of Communications Nick Clegg, Facebook says it wants to invest in news content. "Quality journalism is crucial to the functioning of our societies", concedes. The company has already invested "$ 600 million since 2018 to support the newspaper industry." It plans to inject "at least a billion more in the next three years", without specifying in what form. The communication comes the day after the announcement of a compromise in the conflict between the Australian government. A bill, aimed at regulating Google and Facebook's relationship with newspaper publishers, had been introduced by the executive.

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"Imminent threat of arbitration"

In protest, Facebook decided last Wednesday to block any possibility of sharing news content for several days in the country. The forceful operation, which had provoked strong reactions, avoided setting a precedent in favor of independent agreements. This allowed him to discuss the amounts to invest "without the imminent threat of heavy and unpredictable arbitrage," argues Nick Clegg. The Australian law was passed Thursday morning by parliament but would only apply as an sanction if Facebook fails to present within two months agreements made with press groups and presenting "significant contributions to [their] viability ”.

"It's understandable that some media groups see Facebook as a source of income to make up for their losses, but should they be allowed to ask for a blank check?" argues Nick Clegg, also a former British MP. Certainly, the arrival of the Internet has sparked a revolution for the press. Of course, the power of large platforms raises legitimate questions. But attempts at regulation by states call into question the founding principle of the Internet and "the freedom of people to express themselves and entrepreneurs to innovate," argues.

Facebook blocks users in Australia from sharing news. Could Canada be next?

  Facebook blocks users in Australia from sharing news. Could Canada be next? As Australia battles Facebook in an effort to force tech giants to pay publishers for news content, Canada has made it clear it intends to introduce a similar plan.The move was triggered by Australia joining France and other governments in pushing Google, Facebook and other internet giants to pay publishers for news content.

Monopoly of advertising revenues

Facebook therefore says it is ready to collaborate for "maintaining sustainable journalism". However, "it is the publishers themselves who choose to share their content on social networks […] because they benefit from it" by distributing their productions more widely and thus referring to their site, argues Nick Clegg . In Australia, the social network has highlighted the prominent place it occupies in the flow of information.

Australian institutional and charity pages were also blocked “inadvertently”, acknowledges Nick Clegg: “It was legally necessary to [block media pages] before the new law came into effect and we made an overapplication error. ”

The balance of power is therefore far from being balanced: content sharing platforms have been accused for years of monopolizing advertising revenues to the detriment of the press sector, which is already in great difficulty. Governments, on the other hand, are increasingly inclined to force Facebook, Google and other platforms to pay the media when journalistic content is shared there.

Will Australian law allow referral to other countries? The EU already created in 2019 a "neighboring right" to publishers of press, and the European Commission presented in December two draft directives to strengthen the regulation of platforms. On Tuesday, the Canadian Prime Minister appeared to be interested in the idea. In an interview with his Australian counterpart, Justin Trudeau said the two countries will "continue to coordinate their work to tackle online harm and ensure that the revenues of the web giants are shared more equitably. with creators and the media ”.

Australia's Contentious New Media Law Roasted in Hilarious Fake Government Ad (Video) .
Australia passed a new law on Thursday that requires tech giants to pay for the news shared by users on their platforms. The law is pitched as a way to stop big tech from destroying the business model for actual news media — a legitimate problem that only seems to worsen by the day. But in a hilarious new clip, Australian political comedy outfit The Juice News argues that only does the law not protect the news industry, it appears to exist primarily to protect large scale media companies like Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. First, some background. Last week in response to the proposed law, Facebook banned the sharing of any news by Australian users.

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