Meta threatens to remove US news content if new law passes

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The company said it will remove all content from Facebook over a new law that gives greater power to negotiate fees for content shared on the platform 

Meta has announced that it will remove all the news content from the Facebook in the U.S, if the government decides to pass a new legislation.

According to a report by the BBC on Tuesday, November 6, the new legislation known as the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act (JCPA) was introduced in Congress by Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar.  

This new law gives publishers and broadcasters more power to bargain with social media companies for a larger share of the revenue, the report said. The report also adds, Media companies have often argued that Meta generates a huge revenue from articles shared on its platform. But Meta says, its platform helps provide increase in traffic to struggling news outlets.  

A statement by Andy Stone, Meta Spokesperson said, “If Congress passes an ill-considered journalism bill as part of national security legislation, we will be forced to consider removing news from our platform altogether”.   

The report said, similar action was taken by the Australian government in March 2021. After the country passed its legislations, Facebook briefly shutdown all Australian news feeds. Meta later brokered a deal with the government after facing wide spread criticism.

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