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Google stops linking to news for some California users over payment law

Google stops linking to news for some California users over payment law

Google. Picture: Shutterstock Google says it is removing links to California news sites from its search engine for a “small percentage” of users there as the state legislature weighs whether to pass a law that would force tech giants to pay publishers for their content. The tech giant is also pausing new payments to publishers in California through its News Showcase, Google News Initiative and other product and licensing. The California Journalism Preservation Act (CPJA) is currently pending in the legislature, and if passed would require Meta and Alphabet, the parent companies to Facebook and Google, to negotiate with publishers over potential compensation owed for the use of their content. The bill is similar to Australia’s News Media Bargaining Code and Canada’s Online News Act, which both caused Meta to pull news from its platforms in those countries. Meta quickly relented in Australia and returned news links to its services, but news remains blocked on Facebook in Canada. Google says California link removals a ‘short-term test’ In a blog post on Friday, Google vice president …

Meta’s tough stance on news in Australia forewarns global strategy

Meta’s tough stance on news in Australia forewarns global strategy

A woman scrolls Facebook on her phone. Picture: Shutterstock/Kaspars Grinvalds Last Friday Meta announced that it would be closing Facebook’s news tab feature in Australia and not renewing any of the news licensing deals it struck with Australian publishers following the introduction of the landmark News Media Bargaining Code. This follows parallel changes it made in the UK, France and Germany at the end of last year. It also announced the closure of its news tab in the US. The legislative environment and political dynamics for publisher-platform relations are unique in Australia. The fact that Meta has taken this measure in this market is therefore significant for what it tells us about the company’s broader position on news. This includes how effective the UK’s new digital markets regime is likely to be in securing payment from Meta for British publishers. To understand this, it’s useful to quickly remind ourselves of the background down under. The Australian NMBC was passed in early 2021. Its purpose is to address the imbalance in negotiating power between publishers and big …

The Duopoly may have peaked, but watch out – here comes Amazon

The Duopoly may have peaked, but watch out – here comes Amazon

Duopoly campaign logo The share of online ad revenue going to the duopoly of Google and Meta appears to have gone into decline, according to data from WARC and Insider Intelligence/eMarketer. But that isn’t good news for publishers. The gains in share and overall ad spend are not going back to news media or other content publishers. Press Gazette was so concerned about the dominance of Google and Facebook over UK advertising that it launched a campaign in 2017 with the aim of stopping the pair from destroying journalism (see main picture). But ad spend gains are now going to a “third wave” of “retail media”, such as Amazon and Walmart, and to Tiktok, the data shows. The first two historic waves of ad spend were search (which mostly went to Alphabet’s Google) and then social (dominated by Meta’s Facebook and Instagram), according to Alex Brownsell, head of content at WARC Media. WARC’s data shows content media ad spend (including all publishers plus TV, cinema and radio) will fall to a 27.2% global share in …

NMA chair Danny Cammiade expects action on big tech this year

NMA chair Danny Cammiade expects action on big tech this year

Danny Cammiade News Media Association chairman Danny Cammiade believes legislation will come this year in the UK which could enable Australia-style deals between publishers and big tech. In Australia and Canada the threat of legislation has forced Google and others to hand over licensing fees worth more than £100m a year to publishers in each territory. In the larger UK publishing economy, such deals could be worth much more. It is a drop in the ocean compared to the more than £15bn Google and Facebook alone make from UK advertising, compared to around £1bn in advertising revenue for combined national and regional news brands. But such a deal would provide a badly needed shot in the arm for the industry. Cammiade says: “There’s a lot of positives to say about the sector but it would be wrong to say it’s not a challenging sector. Mainly for me that challenge is the level playing field with the tech companies and the BBC.” He adds: “The tech giants control both the infrastructure and the retail. The playing …