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If New law Passes, US News Content Will Be Removed – Meta Threatens

Meta has threatened to remove news content from Facebook in the US. It disapproves to a new law that would give news organisations greater power to negotiate fees for content shared on Facebook.

A similar law, passed in Australia, led to news on Facebook being briefly suspended last year.

On the other hand, Meta claims their platform, in fact, provides increased traffic to struggling news outlets that even publishers put their content on Facebook because “it benefits their bottom line.”

Therefore, the legislation, known as the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act (JCPA) was introduced in Congress by Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar and has bipartisan support. The act will give publishers and broadcasters greater powers to collectively bargain with social media companies for a larger share of ad revenue.

However, media companies argue that Meta generates huge sums of money from news articles shared on the platform, stating that Local news in particular struggled during the pandemic, as Meta made huge profits.

Meta spokesperson Andy Stone said: “If Congress passes an ill-considered journalism bill as part of national security legislation, we will be forced to consider removing news from our platform altogether”.

Meta also argues that sharing news on Facebook accounts for only a fraction of its revenue.

A similar Australian law, which took effect in March 2021, led to a brief shutdown of Facebook news feeds in the country.

The company quickly reversed the decision after wide-ranging criticism – brokering a deal with the Australian government.

In a statement about Australia’s proposed law last year, a spokesperson for Meta said, “for Facebook, the business gain from news is minimal. News makes up less than 4% of the content people see in their News feed”.legislation

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