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US newspapers seek antitrust exemptions from Congress to negotiate collectively with Google and Facebook

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US newspapers seek antitrust exemptions from Congress to negotiate collectively with Google and Facebook

In an opinion piece published on Wall Street Journal, David Chavern, the CEO of the News Media Alliance (NMA), argued that current antitrust laws are inadvertently supporting the online advertising “duopoly” of Google and Facebook – a situation that “could do far more damage to the free press than anything the president [Trump] posts on Twitter”.

According to the NMA, existing media competition laws prevent news publishers from working together to negotiate better deals with Google and Facebook, who have secured themselves a dominant position in the US advertising market, Axios reported.

As a group, the publishers hope they would be more powerful in any negotiations with the internet giants. This would be especially important for midsize dailies, who struggle to engage meaningfully with Google and Facebook, the New York Times reported

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Teemu Henriksson

Date

2017-07-10 10:39

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