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New Zealand plans law to force Facebook and Google to pay for information

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New Zealand Broadcasting Minister Willie Jackson said in a statement that the legislation will be modeled on similar laws in Australia and Canada. He also hoped the move would spur digital platforms to strike deals with local media.

The New Zealand government has said it will introduce legislation that will force big online digital companies such as Google and Alphabet Inc’s Meta Platforms Inc to pay New Zealand media companies for local news content that appears on their flows.

Broadcasting Minister Willie Jackson said in a statement on Sunday that the legislation would be modeled on similar laws in Australia and Canada, and he hoped it would spur digital platforms to strike deals with local media.

“New Zealand news media, particularly smaller regional and community newspapers, are struggling to remain financially viable as more and more advertising moves online,” Jackson said. “It’s critical that those who benefit from their news content actually pay for it.”

The new legislation will be put to a vote in parliament where the majority of the ruling Labor Party is expected to pass it.

Australia introduced legislation in 2021 that gave the government the power to compel internet companies to negotiate content supply agreements with media outlets. A review published by the Australian government last week found that it largely worked.

(Edited by : Sangam Sing)

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