Re-configuring the news ecosystem – requiring platforms to pay for content

Australia is early out of the gate with a plan to require Facebook and Google to help pay for news content they link to, as a way of sharing advertising revenue..

The explorations and negotiations leading to this proposed policy shift were underway prior to COVID-19, but the pandemic (and its acceleration of the crisis in news) has added urgency.

Change model: direct regulatory action

Intended goal: support legacy news operations and local and national journalism