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Bill would allow newspapers to negotiate with Facebook, Google on content monetization

Special to The Dallas Examiner

ARLINGTON, Va. – Recently the News Media Alliance – representing almost 2,000 news organizations – again called on Congress to allow publishers to negotiate collectively with dominant online platforms, namely Facebook and Google.

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In an op-ed published recently in The Wall Street Journal, Alliance president and CEO David Chavern announced that Congressman David Cicilline, D-RI, the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee, is expected to introduce a bill soon that would amend anti-trust laws to incorporate a safe harbor, allowing news publishers to negotiate with the big tech platforms, and therefore flowing needed ad dollars back to the deserving parties; the news publishers.

Since Chavern’s op-ed on the same topic in July 2017, he said the problems with tech platforms’ control over the news industry have gotten worse, pointing to Facebook and Google’s commandeering of important ad revenue.


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