October 3, 2022
US Senate panel approves bill empowering news organizations to negotiate with Facebook, Google for revenue

The US Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to approve a bill that aims to allow news organizations to interact with Alphabet’s Google and Meta’s Facebook and win more revenue.

According to a congressional aide, the bill passed the committee by a vote of 15 to 7. It will now have to go to the Senate for their approval. One such bill is before the US House of Representatives.

The bill is intended to further stifle news and broadcasting organizations after years of criticism that large tech companies use their content to attract traffic and advertising revenue without fair compensation to publishers, many of whom are financially do struggle.

The bill, led by Democrat Amy Klobuchar, attracted some Republican support, with Senators John Kennedy and Lindsey Graham sponsored. Other Democrats, such as Senator Alex Padilla, objected to it.

The bill gained momentum earlier this month when Senator Ted Cruz won support for a plan to include provisions to address platforms that suppress conservative voices.

On Thursday Klobuchar won support for an amendment that specified that there was an issue of prices for the materials used.

“The bill aims to allow local news organizations to receive compensation when major titans, like Monopoly” Facebook And GoogleUse their stuff,” she said at a committee session to vote on the bill.

Unlike other bills aimed at reining in big technology, some progressive groups oppose the measure, including Public Knowledge, on the grounds that it favors large broadcasters such as News Corp., Sinclair and Comcast/NBCU. .

Also opposing the bill are two technology industry trade groups that are related to Facebook and Google: the Computer and Communications Industry Association and NetChoice.

© Thomson Reuters 2022


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