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Australia corners Google and Facebook into paying for news content

Big Tech will face steep fines for snubbing negotiations

Australia wants tech platforms to negotiate "in good faith" with news outlets.   © Reuters

SYDNEY -- The Australian government will require Google and Facebook to negotiate with news outlets about compensation for posting their content, or else pay hefty fines, under plans detailed Friday.

Whether platforms should pay for news has been a hot topic around the world, especially as many news organizations struggle amid the coronavirus pandemic. Canberra's plan could set a precedent for other countries grappling with the issue.

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