Facebook’s parent company Meta warned Monday that the social media giant could remove news from its platform if Congress signs off on a proposal that would make it easier for news organizations to bargain collectively with tech giants.
In a bid to rescue the lagging local news industry, lawmakers are considering adding the proposed Journalism Competition and Preservation Act to a must-pass annual defense bill that could help smaller news outlets fight for a larger share of revenue from companies like Google and Meta for their news content, sources briefed on the matter told Reuters.
Meta warned Monday that the social media giant could remove news from its platform.
But a Meta spokesperson threatened that the legislative move could lead to prohibition of news being shared on the social media site “rather than submit to government-mandated negotiations that unfairly disregard any value we provide to news outlets through increased traffic and subscriptions.”
Spokesperson Andy Stone also argued in a statement posted on Twitter the bill fails to understand the key fact of the proposal that “publishers and broadcasters put their content on our platform themselves because it benefits their bottom line — not the other way around.”
He additionally said the proposed bill would set a “terrible precedent for all American businesses” because it would create a “cartel-like entity which requires one private company to subsidize other private entities.”
Meta statement on the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act: pic.twitter.com/kyFqKQw7xs
— Andy Stone (@andymstone) December 5, 2022
A trade group that reps newspaper publishers, the News Media Alliance, is lobbying Congress to add the bill to the defense spending plan. The group insisted “local papers cannot afford to endure several more years of Big Tech’s use and abuse, and time to take action is dwindling.
“If Congress does not act soon, we risk allowing social media to become America’s de facto local newspaper,” the group said.
RELATED: Female truckers allege Facebook ads ‘routinely discriminate’ against women
A female truckers association accused Meta of displaying Facebook ads that “routinely discriminate” against women, according to a complaint filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Thursday.
The organization, “Real Women in Trucking,” alleged that women are far less likely to see Facebook ads for blue-collar jobs or jobs that historically exclude women, the complaint said.
“Women receive a disproportionate share of ads for lower-paid jobs in social services, food services, education, and health care, especially administrative positions that are historically considered women’s jobs,” the association said in its complaint.
“Facebook’s algorithm regularly acts like recruiters in the 1960s who identified jobs as ‘Male’ or ‘Female’ based on gender stereotypes or indicated their preferences to hire younger workers,” the complaint added.
The complaint also alleged that Meta is far less likely to show older people in any kind of job ads.
Civil rights law prohibits targeted ads based on gender or age.
By: Miss Cherry May Timbol – Independent Reporter