Meta has warned that it will ban news in the US if the government decides to pass a journalism Bill that obligates the social network giant to pay publishers for using their content.
Meta’s head of policy communications, Andy Stone, said on Twitter that if Congress decides to pass an ‘ill-considered journalism Bill’ under national security legislation, Meta will be forced to remove news from its platform.
Once passed, the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act (JCPA) introduced last year will allow news publishers to negotiate with Google and Facebook over the use of their content.
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In September, the US Senate Judiciary Committee passed the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act. However, it still has not been passed through the full Senate.
Stone said that the Act “fails to recognize the key fact: broadcasters and publishers put their content on our platform themselves as it benefits their bottom line. It’s not the other way around.”
He stressed that no company should be obligated to pay for content “users do not want to see, and that is not a meaningful source of revenue.”