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Meta announces it will no longer pay for news in Australia, Germany and France – 01/03/2024 at 03:28

Meta announces it will no longer pay for news in Australia, Germany and France – 01/03/2024 at 03:28

((Automatic translation by Reuters, see disclaimer https://bit.ly/rtrsauto))

(Australian Government citation added, paragraphs 4-5) Alastair Paul and Lewis Jackson

Meta said on Friday it would not enter into new commercial deals for traditional news content in Australia, France and Germany.

“Furthermore, to ensure we continue to invest in products and services that drive user engagement, we will not enter into new commercial agreements for traditional news content in these countries and will not offer new Facebook products for news publishers in the future. ” Meta said in a statement.

Facebook's owner has frequently clashed with Australia over its obligation to pay publishers for news content.

“META's decision to no longer pay for news content in multiple jurisdictions represents a failure of its commitment to the credibility of Australian media,” Australia's Deputy Treasurer Stephen Jones said in a statement.

He added that the government was seeking advice from Treasury and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission on next steps.

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