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Microsoft wants US to adopt Australia’s pay-for-news plan

Microsoft wants US to adopt Australia’s pay-for-news plan

Microsoft has said the US should copy Australia’s plan to force Google and Facebook to pay for links to news content. Microsoft President Brad Smith suggested that doing so will help improve social cohesion and strengthen democracy. Google hit back, asserting that Microsoft’s motives are impure, with Google’s chief legal officer saying, ’they’d be eager to impose an unworkable levy on a rival.’

wilhemena 2 weeks

there is no 'media code' - you may be censored on commercial platforms but there is always shortwave, amateur radio frequencies, podcasts, web sites and others... and quite frankly, journalists and purported journalists have abandoned any right to First Amendment protections in the eyes of half the electorate

Eetu-Petteri 2 weeks

This sounds really strange way of enforcing a new business model that to me seems unsustainable in so many ways. I can't see any upside in this idea. Except trying to strengthen balance sheet of legacy media. This just adds to costs and doesn't produce anything of value. In the worst case scenario it just drops the news from social media and search engine feeds or makes the users or other customers pay for it.

Jane 2 weeks

No thanks

Central Scrutinizer
Central Scrutinizer 2 weeks

And this is new?

Mutatis 2 weeks

The irony of Google saying Microsoft's 'motives are impure'.

Seekster 2 weeks

I am not paying for news.

mike 2 weeks

That's funny, they would go broke

Tiktator 2 weeks

No one would pay for that trash

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