Federal Communications Minister Paul Fletcher has given a hint as to how the Coalition Government would react to the digital platforms inquiry report which was handed over to it by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission in July, claiming during a recent speech that the loss of revenue suffered by traditional media due to the dominance of digital technology firms like Google and Facebook may not be as bad as suggested.
An industry lobby group, that represents the interests of Google and Facebook among others, has told the Australian Government that it does not agree with the creation of an industry code of conduct on fake news, one of the recommendations in the final Digital Platforms Inquiry report released by the ACCC on 26 July.
Predictably, the Federal Government has kicked any decision on the digital platforms inquiry report down the road – to a point in time when it knows whatever it does will not irritate the US Government.
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Thanks David, and thanks iTWire for continuing to cover this.