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Facebook and Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation have struck a deal under Australia’s laws that require The Social Network™ to either send money to local news publishers or face the prospect of being dragged into an arbitration process. News’ announcement says four of its paywalled titles will be covered by the new deal, along …

  1. sanmigueelbeer Silver badge

    And Rupert ain't finish yet!

    ABC (Australia), SBS, BBC, y'all are next.

  2. MJI Silver badge


    What a horrible prospect.

    Funding the demented walnut.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: ughhh!

      Hey! Take that back! Demented walnuts do not want to be tarred with the same brush!

  3. IGotOut Silver badge

    If it's like the UK..

    Most "local" news is run by national companies.

    If local news is sometimes faked.

    You see the same story about some local "scandal" and they just stick a different photo and location on. Heck they often screw up the photo and stick one from a different place in that happens to have the same name.

  4. Alan Brown Silver badge

    You miss the point

    An agreement is being made

    It doesn't stop the agreement being "NewsCorp PAYS Faceache/Slurp for bringing them business"

    Loss of website traffic at various australian sites over the period that FB pulled the plug on linking was extremely noticeable - as in 80%++ noticable

    That's the point that FB and Goo could simply ask "How much are you willing to pay for continued referrals?" or even say "This is our figure. We have you over a barrel. Pay up or we setup our own newspapers"

  5. Mike Richards Silver badge

    Obligatory Honest Government Advert

    Juicemedia point out that the Australian law benefits News Group and other media players at the expense of small media operators - also they swear - sorry, speak Straylian:

    1. Fred Flintstone Gold badge

      Re: Obligatory Honest Government Advert

      Thanks, I was about to dig that one up as well.

      They pretty much tear this agreement to shreds - those ads are IMHO fantastic and ought to win some sort of award.

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