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News Corp Chief Slams Google, Facebook Over ‘Trust Us’ Issues

Self-regulation by Google and Facebook has failed and the ACCC needs to follow through with plans to bring them under control in Australia, according to News Corp Australasia executive chairman Michael Miller.

Miller, pictured, told a panel discussion in Sydney that he agrees with Australian Competition & Consumer Commission chairman Rod Sims that it is no longer enough for digital platforms to work on the basis of “trust us”.

“In our experience, in servicing our own journalism, we sought a change from Google in their search algorithms on ‘one click free’ that took too many years,” he said.

“We’ve had those conversations on trust, and they’ve taken too long. We did speak to them about a range of our recommendations and I think their answer was, ‘Well look, we’ll do that, just don’t make it compulsory.

“We’ll do a range of things under the heading of ‘trust us’, which I don’t think is going to work. The most disturbing thing was the indifference to what’s going on their platforms.”

Miller said that “fake news” on digital platforms had aided traditional newspapers, as readers and advertisers were looking for trusted news outlets.

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