Sydney Morning Herald: ACCC, Senator Bragg to help small outlets strike Google, Facebook deals

Sydney Morning Herald: ACCC, Senator Bragg to help small outlets strike Google, Facebook deals. “Google and Facebook are facing the prospect of another crackdown by the competition regulator after smaller independent news outlets raised concerns they were unable to successfully negotiate payment for their articles. Liberal senator Andrew Bragg has separately written to Facebook and Google about the absence of commercial deals with several smaller outlets and will seek to represent their interests to ensure the technology platforms pay for use of content.”

News .com .au: ACCC examining whether choice screens for search engines on smartphones should be compulsory

News .com .au: ACCC examining whether choice screens for search engines on smartphones should be compulsory. “The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is asking for submissions from smartphone users and industry participants to inform a report it will hand to the federal government in September, which will examine the fairness of competition among search engines in handheld devices.”

TechRadar: Facebook and Google will be forced to pay for news content in Australia

TechRadar: Facebook and Google will be forced to pay for news content in Australia. “The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has been instructed by the Australian government to create a mandatory code of conduct to instruct tech giants on how to share the revenue they generate from using content produced by news outlets, which Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said seeks to ‘level the playing field’.”

Sydney Morning Herald: Australian regulators prepare for Facebook, Google turf war

Sydney Morning Herald: Australian regulators prepare for Facebook, Google turf war. “Australian media and communications agencies are gearing up for a turf war over who gets to police Facebook and Google as part of the competition regulator’s world-first inquiry into the digital platforms. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) released almost 90 submissions from media companies, lobby groups, academics and digital platforms on Monday morning as part of its investigation into the impact of the US-based tech giants on news organisations and advertising revenues.”