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‘Ill-timed and misconceived’: The ACCC hits back at Facebook’s threat to ban local news from its sites

- September 1, 2020 2 MIN READ

Facebook’s threat to ban publishing and sharing of local new stories on its platform, as well as Instagram, is “ill-timed and misconceived” according to the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission (ACCC) chair Rod Sims. The ACCC has been charged by the government with shepherding the proposed “News media bargaining code” through to law.  The  proposed… Read more »

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Facebook and Instagram will block news for Australian users if the government forces it to pay publishers

- September 1, 2020 2 MIN READ

Facebook will block news from Australian publishers on its platforms, including Instagram, as well as stopping users from sharing local and international news if the Morrison government’s plans to make it and Google pay publishers for news become law. Facebook’s ANZ managing director Will Easton says the proposed laws forcing the US tech giants to… Read more »

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TikTok taps Australian Vanessa Pappas to lead through its endgame with Donald Trump

- August 31, 2020 2 MIN READ

Video sharing app TikTok has turned to expat Australian digital media executive Vanessa Pappas to replace former CEO Kevin Mayer after he resigned over the Chinese-owned company’s fight with President Donald Trump, who wants the company sold or shut down. Pappas is general manager of the US and Australia NZ, having joined TikTok in November… Read more »

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PODCAST: Google and Facebook could cop a global digital tax in the fight against Australian laws on paying for news

- August 28, 2020 4 MIN READ

Have you used Google lately and been greeted by a yellow warning saying that the way Australians search on Google is under threat? To understand why these messages are appearing, Media Files interviewed former chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), Professor Allan Fels, and CEO of the Public Interest Journalism Initiative (PIJI),… Read more »