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Meta threatens to banish Californian news

by on01 June 2023

If it is forced to pay for it 

Social notworking company Meta has threatened to ban news content from its platform in California if the state government passes legislation requiring tech companies to pay publishers.

The proposed California Journalism Preservation Act would require "online platforms" to pay a "journalism usage fee" to news providers whose work appears on their services, aimed at reversing a decline in the local news sector.

In a tweeted statement, Meta spokesman Andy Stone called the payment structure a "slush fund" and said the bill would primarily benefit "big, out-of-state media companies under the guise of aiding California publishers."

Of course, it would mean that his company would have to pay a lot of cash for content too. 

The statement was Meta's first on the California bill specifically, although the company has been waging similar battles over compensation for news publishers at the federal level and in countries outside the United States.


Last modified on 01 June 2023
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