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Thomas Jefferson would cringe at the destruction of local media

How is it that the creators of news, knowing full well they have legal copyright protection under the U.S. Copyright Act, have allowed the digital platforms to gain such power? more

HD Media files first of its kind antitrust lawsuit against Google and Facebook

January 29, 2012 - A West Virginia newspaper company filed a federal antitrust lawsuit today against Google and Facebook charging the internet giants with monopolizing the digital advertising market. This is believed to be the first lawsuit of its kind filed by a newspaper company against the tech giants for their monopolistic practices.

Owner of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Charleston (West Virginia) Gazette-Mail, The (Huntington) Herald-Dispatch and a half-dozen weekly newspapers, HD Media LLC filed a 42-page complaint in the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. HD Media claims Google has monopolized the digital advertising market to such an extent that Google has been enabled to extract a supracompetitive share of HD Media’s advertising revenues, harming the company’s ability to effectively monetize its content. The complaint also alleges that Google and Facebook violated antitrust laws by conspiring to further their worldwide dominance of the digital advertising market, entering into a secret agreement codenamed “Jedi Blue” to manipulate online auctions. more

Facebook's market power leaves news organizations at its mercy

It is very difficult for newspapers to compete against the vast data pool and resulting targeted advertising Facebook offers. Without some change in the model, I fear we will see further declines in the number of journalists and growing numbers of news deserts across the country.

Read this column by Alan Fisco, president of America's Newspapers more

Facebook is everywhere: A special opinion section exploring the impact of technology monopolies

This special opinion section published by The Seattle Times "is an extraordinary undertaking for a local regional newspaper," wrote Frank Blethen, publisher, in a column included with the series. "Typically, an antitrust/regulatory story of national scope is treated as a national business story with minimal local awareness. Yet for The Seattle Times, this is the ultimate 'local' story." more

House lawmakers condemn Big Tech’s ‘monopoly power’ and urge their breakups

The New York Times reported yesterday that House lawmakers who spent the last 16 months investigating the practices of the world’s largest technology companies said that Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google had exercised and abused their monopoly power and called for the most sweeping changes to antitrust laws in half a century. more

Facebook threatens to block users from sharing news in Australia if new law passes

If Australia passes legislation that would require Big Tech companies like Facebook and Google to pay publishers to distribute portions of their content, Facebook has said that it would block users in that country from sharing news on its platform. more

Congressional scrutiny of tech platforms welcome

Congress is right to pursue stronger regulation of dominant tech platforms, The Seattle Times wrote in an editorial. Saying "Congress is doing a tremendous service by scrutinizing the excessive, harmful market power of online platforms such as Google and Facebook," the paper's editorial board called on Congress to restore fair competition, help sustain the free press and nurture a diversity of news sources for voters and communities across the nation. more

Congressional hearing to examine the dominance of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google

The House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee will question the CEOs of the Big Tech platforms on Wednesday, July 29, about their dominance of the digital marketplace.  View the livestream hearing  beginning at Noon EDT, here. more

Facebook and Google to be forced to share advertising revenue with Australian media companies

Facebook and Google will be forced to share advertising revenue with Australian media companies after Australia's treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, instructed the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to develop a mandatory code of conduct for the digital giants amid a steep decline in advertising brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. more

Facebook invests additional $100 million to support news industry during the coronavirus crisis

The Facebook Journalism Project has announced an additional $100 million investment to support the news industry — $25 million in emergency grant funding for local news through the Facebook Journalism Project, and $75 million in additional marketing spend to move money over to news organizations around the world. more

USA TODAY joins Facebook’s Third-Party Fact-Checking Program

USA TODAY has expanded its fact-checking efforts in a new partnership with Facebook to identify misinformation more

Here's what you missed on our Facebook page the last few days

The SNPA and Inland Facebook pages will disappear at the end of January. All new postings are taking place on our new Facebook page. Check out the stories you missed the last few days there and start following our new America's Newspapers page. more

Facebook launches news section

The social media giant is set to roll out the first phase of its news section today. The new page will give allow users to read headlines and stories from news organizations, a select number of which will be paid licensing fees. more
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