Has anyone read the proposed draft?
I see a lot of people wanting to lay the boot into google but i'm not sure people understand what is potentially being setup as precedent here.
I recommend everyone read the proposal at https://www.accc.gov.au/system/files/DPB%20--20Draft%20news%20media%20and%20digital%20platforms%20mandatory%20bargaining%20code%20Q%26As.pdf
Some interesting bits being
News media businesses would also
have more control over user comments made against stories they post or publish to digital
platform services, with digital platforms required to provide flexible moderation tools that
- removing or filtering user comments;
- disabling user comments against individual news items; and
- blocking user comments or accounts.
So NewsCorp (and others but i'll just group them in together) would be able to get control over comments you post on other sites and have the ability to remove them or disable comments! I'm sure that articles pushing NewsCorps agenda won't be moderated at all.....
The code’s minimum standards would simply require digital platforms to provide news
media businesses with 28 days’ advance of algorithm changes that are likely to affect their
So Google need to give a months notice of any internal change that may affect NewsCorps business model. The scope creep potential for this is immense.
And also this free advice doesn't apply to the smaller players so NewsCorp get a competitive advantage here....
News media businesses would be able to ‘opt out’ of having their news content featured on individual digital platform services against their will
So i'm guessing this will apply to individual articles rather than the site as a whole. So once again, if there is an article about something they want kept quiet they just 'opt out' that article.
This mentions that Google Search is also included rather than just Google News. So once again massive scope creep potential.
A decision by digital platforms to place more reliance on international news and lower the
ranking of, or cease carrying, Australian news content on the basis of participation in the
code would also be considered discrimination.
Slippery slope here, if the Aus Govt starts restricting or manipulating stories (Current government is very much in bed with NewsCorp) and Google starts using international reporting then they fall foul of this.
And for all of this, can someone explain why if Google is killing news and not providing any value, why the news sites can't delist themselves through robots.txt
Google are pretty crap these days but this sets a lot of precedents that i'm concerned about.
Also, if there ever was a company that would use this to push their own agenda i'm pretty sure its NewsCorp