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US Congress Abandons Press Law after Facebook Threatened to Delete News

Wed 07 Dec 2022 | 11:45 AM
Ahmed Moamar

US lawmakers have ended what was an attempt to allow the media outlets to band together to negotiate revenue-sharing agreements with major tech companies, slashing provisions from a massive spending bill amid massive criticism from the tech industry and advocacy groups.

The measure, which was known as the Press Competition and Preservation Act, was removed from an agreement on Congress' sweeping defense spending act, according to the text of the legislation released Tuesday night.

The negotiations come a day after Facebook threatened that it would remove news from its platform if lawmakers went ahead with the measure, a threat that has been deplored by publisher groups.

The Washington Post, a US daily newspaper, says the proposal would have created a temporary antitrust law that would allow news publishers and broadcasters to collectively lobby for distribution terms that are more favorable to them publishing their content electronically.