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Reuters reveals Australia puts site accused of fake journalists on register for payment

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Reuters exclusively reported that Australia’s ground-breaking law that forces platforms like Google and Facebook to pay local publishers for news, faces an unlikely test case: a website that experts say uses fake journalist profiles that has won regulatory backing for its bid to be paid. Australia’s regulator in charge of enforcing the law, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), last month added “News Cop” – an almost-unknown site without a physical address – to the public register of companies who can negotiate licensing deals with the parents of Facebook and Google under the government system. Several legal experts explained the move by the ACMA would clear the site through an initial vetting process intended to support local news by giving the Australian government the power to shape deals with Facebook and Google, but raises questions about how the still-contentious law will be implemented.

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Topics of Interest: Business & FinanceDealsHuman Interest

Type: Reuters Best

Sectors: Technology

Regions: Oceania

Countries: Australia

Win Types: Exclusivity

Story Types: Exclusive / Scoop

Media Types: Text

Customer Impact: Important Regional Story

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