ACCC to target Google and Facebook again

Original article by Aaron Patrick
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 3 : 6-Jul-21

Australian Competition & Consumer Commission chairman Rod Sims says a US court’s recent rejection of an antitrust case against Facebook will not deter global regulators from taking further action against digital giants. However, rather than seeking to have companies such as Facebook and Google broken up, the ACCC will use two current inquiries into digital advertising services and digital platform services to try to limit their ability to exploit their market power. Both inquiries are slated to report to the federal government in coming months.

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GOOGLE INCORPORATED, FACEBOOK INCORPORATED, AUSTRALIAN COMPETITION AND CONSUMER COMMISSION

ABC lashed over call to fund Milligan case

Original article by Sophie Elsworth
The Australian – Page: 18 : 5-Jul-21

The ABC’s policy on employees’ usage of social media is under renewed scrutiny after the public broadcaster advised that it will pay the legal costs of investigative reporter Louise Milligan in a defamation case. Federal MP Andrew Laming alleges that his personal and professional reputation were "irrevocably" damaged after Milligan posted a series of tweets regarding claims that Laming had taken a photo of a woman while she was bending over. Liberal senator Sarah Henderson has questioned the ABC’s decision to fund Milligan’s legal defence, adding that taxpayers have the right to know whether it would also pay up if damages are awarded against her.

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AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION, LIBERAL PARTY OF AUSTRALIA

Sims welcomes Facebook deals with two outlets

Original article by Miranda Ward
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 29 : 5-Jul-21

Facebook has secured a content deal with online news website Guardian Australia under the federal government’s news media bargaining code. Guardian Australia content will be featured on the Facebook News platform, which has yet to be launched. Country Press Australia has also secured a content deal with the social media giant. Australian Competition & Consumer Commission chairman Rod Sims says the majority of local media companies have now secured such deals, adding that they would not have been achieved without the media bargaining code.

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FACEBOOK INCORPORATED, FACEBOOK AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, THE GUARDIAN AUSTRALIA, COUNTRY PRESS AUSTRALIA INCORPORATED, AUSTRALIAN COMPETITION AND CONSUMER COMMISSION

Federal government spent $4m on Facebook ads in past 12 months

Original article by Miranda Ward
The Australian Financial Review – Page: Online : 29-Jun-21

US-based Pathmatics states that the federal government has spent an estimated $4 million on Facebook advertising in the past 12 months, with $3.1 million of that coming in the last five months. Much of the government’s Facebook advertising has related to the pandemic, but other areas that it has spent advertising on include campaigns on domestic violence against women and on how its $110 billion infrastructure plan is better connecting Australia’s states.

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PATHMATICS

Guardian expected to ink Facebook deal within days

Original article by Miranda Ward
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 29 : 7-Jun-21

Online news publisher Guardian Australia is poised to secure a revenue-sharing deal with Facebook under the news media bargaining code. Industry sources say the deal will be completed within days, and it is believed to involve supplying content for the Facebook News product, which has yet to be launched. Facebook has already secured content deals with a number of Australian media companies, including News Corp, Nine Entertainment and Australian Community Media. Guardian Australia signed a content deal with Google earlier in 2021.

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GUARDIAN AUSTRALIA, FACEBOOK AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, FACEBOOK INCORPORATED, NEWS CORP AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, NEWS CORPORATION – ASX NWS, NINE ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX NEC, AUSTRALIAN COMMUNITY MEDIA PTY LTD, GOOGLE AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, GOOGLE INCORPORATED

ABC says staff free to post opinions

Original article by James Madden, Sophie Elsworth
The Australian – Page: 4 : 27-May-21

The ABC’s MD David Anderson has told a Senate estimates hearing that the public broadcaster’s staff can post their opinions on their personal social media accounts without fear of being disciplined. However, staff must adhere to the ABC’s code of conduct when posting on its official platforms. Anderson has also advised that the ABC is set to secure commercial deals with Google and Facebook under the news media bargaining code. The new revenue stream will be used to boost the ABC’s news coverage in regional and rural areas.

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AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION, GOOGLE AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, GOOGLE INCORPORATED, FACEBOOK AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, FACEBOOK INCORPORATED

Facebook removed 14 million pieces of COVID-19 misinformation last year

Original article by Zoe Samios
The Age – Page: Online : 21-May-21

Josh Machin from Facebook Australia claims that "pushing back against misinformation" is vital for democracy. Machin was commenting on the social media company’s inaugural transparency report for the Australian Communications & Media Authority, in which it stated that it removed 14 million pieces of misinformation relating to COVID-19 between March and December 2020. This includes 110,000 posts by Australian users.

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FACEBOOK AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, AUSTRALIAN COMMUNICATIONS AND MEDIA AUTHORITY

Regional papers concern

Original article by Miranda Ward
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 29 : 29-Mar-21

Country Press Australia is holding talks with both Facebook and Google regarding the news media bargaining code. CPA represents the publishers of 160 regional newspapers nationwide; its negotiations have come at a time when there is growing concern that the Facebook News product will have limited relevance to regional newspapers as it is focused primarily on national news. Australian Community Media is also in talks with Facebook, while it secured a deal with Google in late 2020.

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COUNTRY PRESS AUSTRALIA INCORPORATED, FACEBOOK INCORPORATED, FACEBOOK AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, GOOGLE INCORPORATED, GOOGLE AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, AUSTRALIAN COMMUNITY MEDIA PTY LTD

Competition policy sealed tech giants deal

Original article by James Madden
The Australian – Page: 19 : 1-Mar-21

The federal government’s news media bargaining code has already prompted Google to secure commercial deals with some media companies. Facebook in turn has signed a letter of intent with Seven West Media and is negotiating with other news publishers. Communications Minister Paul Fletcher says there has been "significant overseas interest" in the approach the government took in treating the code as an issue of competition policy rather than copyright law. He adds that the code provided the leverage needed to ensure a level playing field between traditional media and digital platforms.

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GOOGLE INCORPORATED, GOOGLE AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, FACEBOOK INCORPORATED, FACEBOOK AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF INFRASTRUCTURE, TRANSPORT, REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND COMMUNICATIONS

Poison pill holds up Facebook deals

Original article by Miranda Ward
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 32 : 1-Mar-21

Facebook launched its ‘Facebook News’ product in the US in 2020, but Australia was not included in the launch because of the ongoing discussions about the federal government’s proposed media bargaining code. That code has now passed into law, while Facebook is expected to launch Facebook News in Australia once it has concluded deals with local news publishers. However, such deals are stalling over Facebook’s so-called ‘poison pen’ clause. There are suggestions that publishers could use the code to enter into an arbitration process with Facebook, should it decide to initiate the poison pill.

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FACEBOOK INCORPORATED, FACEBOOK AUSTRALIA PTY LTD