November 17, 2021

Australia antitrust boss rejects claim big tech law is a favour for News Corp

The News Corporation logo is displayed on the side of a building in midtown Manhattan in New York, U.S., February 27, 2018. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/File Photo

The architect of Australia’s new law making Alphabet Inc’s Google (GOOGL.O) and Facebook Inc (FB.O) pay news outlets for content on Thursday rejected a suggestion the move was the result of lobbying by News Corp (NWSA.O), calling the claim “extremely strange”.

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) chair Rod Sims, who oversaw drafting of the law, acknowledged the negotiating system was proposed by the Rupert Murdoch-controlled publisher but said all major media operators in the country supported it.

Asked at an FT conference in Britain if Australia had acted at the behest of News Corp, Sims said Google had “sent emails to all parliamentarians saying ‘don’t let big business control the internet’, and they were of…

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