US lawmakers unveil bill to help news media negotiate with Google, Facebook

August 23, 2022

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of US lawmakers released a revised version of a bill aimed at making it easier for news organizations to negotiate collectively with platforms like Google and Facebook.

The Journalism Competition and Preservation Act "removes legal obstacles to news organization's ability to negotiate collectively and secure fair terms from gatekeeper platforms that regularly access news content without paying for its value," according to a news release from the lawmakers.

A previous version of the bill, introduced in March 2021, was opposed by two technology industry trade groups that Meta Platforms' Facebook and Alphabet's Google belong to - the Computer & Communications Industry Association and NetChoice.

The updated bill would cover news publishers with fewer than 1,500 full-time employees and non-network news broadcasters. It would allow them to work together to win better deals from Facebook, Google, and other large platforms, according to the news release.

The 2021 legislation would have applied to any print, broadcast, or digital news organization with a dedicated editorial staff that published at least on a weekly basis. — Agencies

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