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Australia fights to make Google and Facebook pay for news

Coronavirus-hit media want 'fair' slice of $5bn ad revenue pie

SYDNEY -- Australia is hoping to succeed where Europe failed in forcing Google and Facebook to pay news outlets for displaying articles, taking the first steps toward potentially raising hundreds of millions of dollars for the reeling industry.

The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission began seeking public comment regarding Google and Facebook's relationship with news media last month, launching the legislative process. Its roughly 60-item questionnaire covers topics like restrictions on the display and presentation of news content, and responses will be used to draft a code of conduct for tech platforms by the end of July.

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