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Meta says it will no longer pay for news in Australia, Germany and France

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SYDNEY –

Meta said on Friday it would not enter into new commercial deals for traditional news content in Australia, France and Germany.

“Additionally, to ensure we continue to invest in products and services that drive user engagement, we will not enter into new commercial agreements for traditional news content in these countries or offer new products Facebook specifically aimed at news publishers in the future.” Meta said in a statement.

Facebook’s owner has often been at odds with Australia over the latter’s obligation to pay publishers for news content.

“Meta’s decision to no longer pay for news content in a number of jurisdictions represents a failure in its commitment to the sustainability of Australian news media,” Australia’s Deputy Treasurer said. Stephen Jones, in a press release.

The government is seeking advice from Treasury and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission on next steps, he added.


(Reporting by Alasdair Pal and Lewis Jackson in Sydney; editing by Edwina Gibbs)

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