Where to find SBS content outside Facebook

Yolanda Curtis
February 18, 2021

"Ultimately what we're trying to do is to find a mechanism by which there can be a fair compensation to Canadian media for the usage of their content by Facebook and Google ... and arguably there are only two other models out there that we can look at to determine how we will do it in Canada", he said.

Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. announced a wide-ranging deal with Google Wednesday.

News Showcase will pay publishers a fixed monthly payment, dependant on the deal brokered between Google and the publisher.

The blog post on Wednesday, by Facebook's Australia and New Zealand managing director William Easton, said the social media company helped Australian publishers earn about AU$407m ($316m; £228m) past year through referrals.

On Thursday Facebook implemented its ban on Australians sharing or viewing news.

The deal shows Seven splitting from rivals News Corp and Nine Entertainment Co Holdings Ltd which have failed to reach agreements with Google and instead backed laws, set to be passed this week, where the government sets the online giant's content fees in the absence of a private deal.

The Australian news media proposal is facing particularly strong opposition from Google, which has threatened to block access to its hegemonic search engine unless the government backs down.


"We want to assure the millions of Australians using Facebook to connect with friends and family, grow their businesses and join Groups to help support their local communities, that these services will not change".

"None of these deals would be happening if we didn't have the legislation before the Parliament", Australian treasurer Josh Frydenberg told reporters.

Greens spokesperson for media and communications, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, who has been part of the senate committee debating the News Media Bargaining Code, was also scathing of Facebook's decision.

However Mr Fletcher said the government would continue to move ahead with legislating the code.

Last week, Microsoft Corp., which owns the rival Bing search engine, said the us should adopt its own version of the proposed Australian law.

Facebook has banned its own page from social media during its war on Australian news.

Mr Easton wrote that the proposed legislation "seeks to penalise Facebook for content it didn't take or ask for".


The announcement comes in response to proposed new laws in Australia that would force tech companies to negotiate with media companies over how much to pay them for news content.

Facebook, then, has chose to show that there are consequences for governments if they want to take muscular action against Big Tech.

Australian users can not share Australian or global news.

Major media companies Seven West Media, Nine, and News Corp have all reportedly struck content deals with Google this week.

"The signs are that the Australian government and Google are close to a compromise", said Paul Budde, an independent media and telecommunications industry analyst.

Prospects for the bill, which the United States tech giants fiercely oppose, are being widely watched around the world as other countries are expected to follow suit if Australia is successful in its efforts.

"Panels on News Showcase display an enhanced view of an article or articles, giving participating publishers more ways to bring important news to readers and explain it in their own voice, along with more direct control of presentation and branding". If no deal is reached, the tech companies and media organizations would move to arbitration.


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