Europe seeks US support in tussle with Big Tech

It hopes to work closely with US amid efforts to make tech giants pay for news content

Facebook's offices in Menlo Park, California. Australia's row with Facebook has reignited the regulatory debate in the EU, which sees the need for laws to compel tech giants to pay publishers for using news content.
Facebook's offices in Menlo Park, California. Australia's row with Facebook has reignited the regulatory debate in the EU, which sees the need for laws to compel tech giants to pay publishers for using news content.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

The row over payment for media content in Australia between the government on one side and big tech companies Facebook and Google on the other has reignited the regulatory debate in Europe.

The European Union, like Australia, sees the need for laws and regulations to compel tech giants to pay news publishers for using their content.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 25, 2021, with the headline 'Europe seeks US support in tussle with Big Tech'. Subscribe