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Is news worth a lot or a little? Google and Facebook want to have it both ways

By Tim Dwyer, Associate Professor, Department of Media and Communications, University of Sydney
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Executives from Google and Facebook have told a Senate committee they are prepared to take drastic action if Australia’s news media bargaining code, which would force the internet giants to pay news publishers for linking to their sites, comes into force.

Google would have “no real choice” but to cut Australian users off entirely from its flagship search engine, the company’s Australian managing director Mel Silva told the committee.…


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