Coalition wary of content tax on tech giants

Original article by Leo Shanahan, David Swan
The Australian – Page: 5 : 4-Dec-19

Facebook says it supports 15 of the 29 recommendations in the final report of the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission’s digital platforms inquiry. Facebook also rejects suggestions that it has hired lobbyists to influence the federal government’s response to the report, and states that the ACCC’s proposed code of conduct would "unfairly shield" media companies. Meanwhile, the government is said to be concerned that requiring digital players to pay media companies for the use of their content could be perceived as a new tax, which could in turn prompt digital companies to relocate offshore.

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Facebook defends itself against Twiggy Forrest attack

Original article by Patrick Durkin
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 3 : 29-Nov-19

Facebook has responded to claims that it is not doing enough to address the issue of fraudulent advertisements on its platforms. Carolyn Everson, Facebook’s global head of marketing, says it has launched a "massive crackdown" on scam ads and may take legal action against those responsible for them. Mining magnate Andrew Forrest has called for digital platforms to be treated in the same way as traditional media companies. He is among the high-profile Australians whose photos have been used in scam ads published on digital platforms such as Facebook and Google.

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Forrest wants tech giants to be accountable for ads

Original article by Max Mason
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 7 : 28-Nov-19

Fortescue Metals Group founder Andrew Forrest argues that technology companies such as Facebook should be treated in the same way as traditional media companies with regard to advertising content that appears on their platforms. He contends that digital companies are not doing enough to address the issue of fraudulent ads, and they must be accountable for the ads that are published on their platforms. Forrest is among a number of high-profile Australians whose images have been used to promote scams on social media platforms.

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Regulate digital platforms: Seven

Original article by Zoe Samios
The Australian – Page: 19 : 14-Nov-19

Seven West Media expects the metropolitan TV market to record single-digit growth in advertising revenue in 2019-20. CEO James Warburton has told the group’s annual meeting that the advertising market is likely to remain weak during the December quarter, noting that Seven’s revenue share was 39 per cent in the first quarter. Meanwhile, chairman Kerry Stokes has called for greater regulation of digital giants such as Google and Facebook, including the implementation of all recommendations arising from the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission’s inquiry into digital platforms.

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Google backs industry code, not a revenue-sharing model

Original article by Max Mason
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 2 : 29-Oct-19

The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission has called for a code of conduct to govern business relationships between media companies and digital platforms. With both Google and Facebook having come under global scrutiny over their impact on journalism and its underlying business models, Google’s vice-president of news Richard Gingras says he believes the code is a "sensible" idea. However, he does not believe it should include revenue sharing.

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Broadcasters, big tech at odds on revenue sharing

Original article by Max Mason
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 29 : 23-Sep-19

Free TV Australia states that a code of conduct is needed to govern commercial relationships between free-to-air broadcasters and digital platforms such as Google and Facebook. Free TV notes that when a free-to-air broadcasters’ content is uploaded to a platform, it is the owner of the digital platform that sets the terms of how that content is monetised. The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission has recommended a code of conduct be set up that would require digital platforms to negotiate arrangements with media companies regarding data sharing and revenue, and that the Australian Communications and Media Authority oversee the code. However, Free TV would prefer the ACCC to monitor it.

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Google, Facebook, Twitter hit back at ACCC

Original article by Max Mason
The Australian Financial Review – Page: Online : 13-Sep-19

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s Digital Platforms Inquiry final report recommended changes to merger laws. The ACCC’s flagged crackdown on mergers within the technology sector has been attacked by the Digital Industry Group Inc, which represents companies such as Google, Twitter and Facebook. DIGI’s criticism came in a submission to Treasury, prior to the federal government releasing its response to the ACCC’s report.

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ACCC poised to take tech giants to court

Original article by Patrick Durkin
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 10 : 14-Aug-19

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is close to launching five cases against Google and Facebook in the aftermath of its digital platforms inquiry. The cases are understood to involve alleged breaches of consumer, competition and privacy laws, with ACCC chairman Rod Sims saying on 13 August that Facebook and Google must comply with Australia’s laws if they wish to do business here. He said a decision on whether to proceed with the five cases would be made before the end of 2019.

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Level the playing field but don’t over-regulate tech

Original article by Paul Smith, John Davidson
The Australian Financial Review – Page: W1 & W3 : 30-Jul-19

Participants at an innovation summit have expressed mixed views regarding the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission’s report on digital platforms. Former Google Australia MD Maile Carnegie says technology companies should be subject to the same rules regarding data privacy as other sectors. However, Carnegie rejects the suggestion made by media companies that Google is a publisher. Nerida O’Loughlin from the Australian Communications & Media Authority said ACMA does not have the expertise to regulate the algorithms used by big technology companies.

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Google rejects check on search algorithms

Original article by Paul Smith
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 19 & 22 : 29-Jan-19

The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission has previously proposed that an external regulator monitor the algorithms used by Google and Facebook. Both companies have expressed concerns about the proposal, with Google Australia and New Zealand Managing Director Mel Silva saying such a move could make its algorithms open to manipulation. The recommendation regarding algorithms was one of a number put forward by the ACCC following its review into digital platforms; Silva says its recommendation to establish a digital platforms ombudsman has merit.

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