Australia to make Facebook, Google pay for news in world first

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SYDNEY: Australia will force US tech giants Facebook and Alphabet?s Google to pay Australian media outlets for news content in a landmark move to protect independent journalism that will be watched around the world. Australia will become the first country to require Facebook and Google to pay for news content provided by media companies under a royalty-style system that will become law this year, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said.

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