US attacks Australia's 'extraordinary' plan to make Google and Facebook pay for news

The US in a submission to a Senate inquiry favours a voluntary code rather than government regulation

The United States has urged the Australian government to ditch draft media laws that would force tech giants Google and Facebook to pay news organisations for sharing their content.

The US, in a submission to an Australian parliamentary inquiry, has said that the proposed legislation is unreasonable, impractical, “fundamentally imbalanced” and could run counter to the US-Australia free trade agreement.

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