Plan to make Facebook and Google pay news firms faces government resistance
◆ Proposals to introduce rules that would force Facebook and Google to pay for news content running on their sites are facing resistance within government, writes Hannah Boland.
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has been examining whether the UK should follow the lead of countries such as Australia, where tech firms have been asked to share revenue generated from advertising.
The Competition and Markets Authority is expected to publish a report into online platforms and digital advertising by Thursday and make recommendations about how to ease some of the financial pressures on news organisations. DCMS is yet to see the final proposals from the CMA.
Google and Facebook have argued that media firms benefit from having content on their platforms.
Government figures are thought to be resisting the new regulation, amid concerns it would benefit larger news organisations over smaller, internetbased media firms.
The DCMS declined to comment.