The chances that Australia will be able to impose its will on digital giants Google and Facebook, as far as getting them to pay for using news from local outlets goes, appear rather slim, with indications that the US Government may pressure the Coalition to back off.
Social media behemoth Facebook has told the Australian competition watchdog that its community metrics or revenue would not be affected in any way if no Australian news content was available on its web site.
Search giant Google has agreed to comply with a French ruling that it must pay publishing companies and news agencies for re-using content they produce, a report says.
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