Plan to make Face­book and Google pay news firms faces gov­ern­ment re­sis­tance

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◆ 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.

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