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Australia to Start Debating Bill That will Charge Google and Facebook for News

Australia will be introducing a bill to parliament on Wednesday, which will charge Google and Facebook for news content.

Australia will be introducing a bill to parliament on Wednesday, which will charge Google and Facebook for news content.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said that the bill will be reviewed and is expected to be voted on next year.

The bill will give more bargaining power to Australian news outlets in featuring their content on said platforms. It would allow news organizations to negotiate on payment with Facebook and Google, and if no agreement has been reached, the issue could be taken up for arbitration.

The platforms could face fines of up to AU$ 10 million if they fail to fulfill obligations.

Facebook has earlier expressed its disapproval for the bill warning it would block Australian users from sharing news content, if it becomes a law.

Google also said that the legislation could affect their search features and free services.

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) chair Rod Sims earlier said, “The code simply aims to bring fairness and transparency to Facebook and Google’s relationships with Australian news media businesses.”

The ACCC drafted the bill to amend the Competition and Consumer Act 2010.

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