Facebook threatens to ban news in the US over media bill

Kwabena Boateng Asiedu
Kwabena Boateng Asiedu
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Facebook has warned it could ban news in the United States of America  if congress passes a bill that would require the platform to negotiate with and compensate publishers for their content.

Andy Stone, Meta’s head of policy communications, said on Twitter that Facebook will “be forced to consider removing news” from Facebook if the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act (JCPA) is passed. Facebook previously threatened to block news in Canada and Australia when similar laws were proposed.

Introduced last year with bipartisan support, the JCPA would allow publishers to negotiate with platforms like Facebook and Google over the distribution of their content. It’s supposed to give news publishers leverage against Big Tech and could require Facebook to pay for including news on its platform, something that Facebook has fiercely fought in the past in other countries.

Story by Kwabena Boateng Asiedu | Univers.ug.edu.gh

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