Where do you get your news updates? I am sure your answer is ‘on my Facebook News Feed’ or Google Platforms like the Newsstand. The latter has morphed up into various platforms; the Chrome new tab, users’ lock screen, and of course the good old Google News.
The two, one a social media, and the other a search engine have over the years becomes news aggregators for millions of people across the globe. Now nine news agencies in Europe have taken Facebook and Google to court on the plea that these U.S. online companies ought to pay them for linking back to their respective sites.
The case has many appellees, but Facebook and Google came out more pronounced than the rest of the accused news aggregators. The news agencies say more people read off such aggregators than the ones who actually click through to read the news.
They also complain that Facebook does not compensate the news sites in a fair manner, given it is using their content. The petitioners also claim that news updates and stories have now become part of the social media and search …read more