February 25, 2021
Australian lawmakers pass new media law
Australian lawmakers passed the News Media Bargaining Code yesterday, a new law that requires tech platforms (specifically Facebook and Google) to pay publishers for news content shared on their platforms. Lawmakers proposed the legislation last year, citing bargaining power imbalances between news companies and tech platforms. The law has faced significant criticism from Facebook and Google, with Facebook temporarily blocking news content in Australia before certain changes were made earlier this week.