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Senate Journalism Inquiry Puts Facebook, Google In Spotlight

Clickbait, fake news and the power of major technology and advertising companies, such as Google and Facebook, will come under the spotlight as a new federal parliamentary committee probes the impact on journalism.

Due to report in December, the nattily named Select Committee on the Future of Public Interest Journalism will be chaired by Labor’s Sam Dastyari, with the Greens’ Scott Ludlam as deputy. Nick Xenophon and Jacqui Lambie are on the committee. Pauline Hanson has not been sighted at this stage.

The committee will also look at the role of government in ensuring a “viable, independent and diverse service” of journalism.

In the wider global market, duopoly Google and Facebook have grown to be worth close to $US1 trillion cornering the digital advertising markets around the world and cutting reliance on traditional media for content.

Google, Facebook, the ABC, Fairfax Media and News Corp. are all expected to give evidence to the Oz inquiry.

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