News organisations employing employing 15-20% of Australian journalists still don’t get paid by Facebook.
A Meta spokesperson told The Conversation non-news pages had been taken down by mistake. Whistleblower allegations contradict this.
ABC funding is not registering as an election issue even though it will drop in real terms over the next three years.
Australia’s News Media Bargaining Code has garnered global interest – but the Canadians want a model with more transparency.
Does Australia benefit from Google paying for News Corp training?
Several measures need to be put in place to track the code’s effectiveness in protecting news outlets and the public interest.
Efforts to rein in the social media giant’s power have followed the same script: dialogue, then attempts at self-regulation, then a bitter dispute over legislation, followed by compromise.
The majority of country press audiences prefer to read their local paper in print than online. In fact, many said they would stop reading their papers if they went digital only.
The internet of 2021 is not the open public sphere that early visionaries had imagined.
Compromises were reached and reputations suffered. Who ultimately won the social media showdown?
Most of the attention on the code has been on the larger media outlets. But the sustainability of small publishers is what should be of most concern.
The battle between media companies and foreign governments over who controls the news dates back some 150 years, to when European and US wire services dictated the world’s headlines.
From screenshots, to rival social platforms, to the old-school method of visiting a newspaper’s homepage, there are plenty of ways to get your news fix without clicking on Facebook.
Facebook’s decision to ban media organisations from posting links to news articles on the social media giant’s platform comes under a week before Australia’s COVID vaccine rollout begins.
Facebook pulling the plug on Australian news will cause short-term disruption, but readers and media will recover.
The timing of Google’s deals raises questions, coming just as the News Media Bargaining Code is set to be introduced into federal parliament.
It may have seemed the platforms were taking a confident stance by appealing to Australian users directly. But really, it was a delayed and panic-based reaction.
There are other ways to search the web without Google, and some options help protect your privacy while another is good for the planet.
If the government wants to save the social benefit of public-interest journalism, it must look beyond the News Media and Digital Platforms Mandatory Bargaining Code.
The titans of online advertising don’t want to be forced into putting a value on linking to news.