Google and Facebook could be forced to help fund quality news publishers after Theresa May said the decline of print journalism was “dangerous for our democracy”.
The Prime Minister announced a wide-ranging review of the media industry to “preserve the future of high quality national and local newspapers in the UK” to counter the rise of so-called fake news.
The Government wants search engines and social media sites to pay traditional news providers their “fair share” of the vast digital advertising revenues reaped by the likes of Google on the back of content they do not pay for.
Mrs May is prepared to legislate, if necessary, to force online platforms to share some of their profits with news-gathering organisations.
Gillette should pay to retrain barbers? Red flag makers taxed to pay for farriers?
What is this stupidity?