Tech giant Microsoft has reportedly suggested to the Biden administration that the U.S. should adopt a similar plan to Australia’s proposed law which would force Google and Facebook to pay publishers for access to their news content.
The Register reports that Microsoft has stated that the United States should copy a recently proposed Australian bill that would force tech firms like Google and Facebook to pay publishers for access to their news content. Microsoft reportedly suggested that this would help improve social cohesion and strengthen democracy.
Microsoft’s suggestion to the Biden administration was made in a blog post from company president Brad Smith who stated: “As the dust slowly settles on a horrifying assault on the Capitol, it’s apparent that American democracy is in a fragile state.”
Smith added that he believes that disinformation spreading across social media was adding to this “fragility” and “the erosion of more traditional, independent and professional