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Taoiseach says Ireland should consider forcing Google, Facebook to pay media for content

Written by Business World, on 27th Apr 2020. Posted in Ireland

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 The Irish government should consider copying Australia's plan to force Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc's Google to share advertising revenue with local media, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said on Friday.

Companies like Google, Facebook and Twitter "are sort of free riders on costs incurred by other people," Varadkar, whose country hosts the European headquarters of most of the largest U.S tech companies, told journalists.

"I think the new government will want to study that and see if it makes sense to do something similar in Ireland. On the face of it, it is a good idea," said Varadkar, whose party is in talks with rivals on the formation of a new government. (Reuters)

Source: www.businessworld.ie

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