Malaysia Considers Regulations Requiring Google and Meta to Compensate News Outlets for Content

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Malaysia Engages in Talks with Google, Meta, and Leading Online Platforms Regarding Regulatory Framework, Led by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC)

“On Tuesday, Malaysia announced its contemplation of regulations aimed at compelling internet giants Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Facebook’s parent company, Meta Platforms, to provide compensation to news outlets for the use of their content. The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) disclosed that it is engaged in discussions with Google, Meta, and other significant online platforms to establish a regulatory framework.

These proposed regulations mirror those already in place in Australia, where, in 2021, Google and Meta were mandated to compensate media organizations for content that garnered clicks and generated advertising revenue, as outlined by the MCMC. Additionally, the MCMC is considering regulations akin to Canada’s Bill C-11, designed to oversee streaming platforms and ensure their support for Canadian content.

The MCMC emphasized that these rules are part of the government’s broader efforts to address income disparities between digital platforms and local media while ensuring equitable compensation for news content creators. Furthermore, discussions with social media platforms are ongoing to address issues related to online harm, including child exploitation material, online gambling, and financial scams.

Under the leadership of Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim, who assumed office in November, Malaysia has intensified its scrutiny of online content. Earlier this year, Malaysia announced its intention to pursue legal action against Meta for its failure to combat harmful content on the Facebook platform. However, this plan was later abandoned following discussions between the government and the company.”

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