Senate panel passes bill to give news organizations more power against tech platforms


WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to approve a bill intended to allow news organizations to work together to negotiate with Alphabet Inc’s Google and Meta’s Facebook and generate more revenue.

It now has to go to the Senate for their approval. A similar bill is before the US House of Representatives.

The bill aims to give news and broadcasters more clout after years of criticism that the big tech companies are using their content to drive traffic and ad revenue without the publishers, many of whom have struggled to turn a profit in recent years, honestly. to compensate.

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Unlike other bills aimed at curbing big technology, some progressive groups, including Public Knowledge, oppose this move on the grounds that it favors major broadcasters like News Corp, Sinclair and Comcast/NBCU.

Also opposed to the bill are two tech industry trade groups that Facebook and Google belong to: the Computer & Communications Industry Association and NetChoice.

(Reporting by Diane Bartz; editing by Jonathan Oatis)

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