NMA details Google 'abuse' in White Paper sent to DOJ

America's News Media Alliance has produced a White Paper on how Google is "abusing its position" to the detriment of news publishers and journalism.

Based on interviews and consultations with Alliance members, it outlines several of the ways in which Google uses news content to its advantage across its products and services.

"The use of news content through AMP, Google Discover and the Google News app, as well as Search becoming more of a 'walled garden' in which publishers and consumers are increasingly forced or encouraged to stay, has been systematically making use of news content to enhance Google's bottom line," it says. "In exchange, because there is little bargaining power, news publishers are not receiving fair value for quality content."

Based on the conclusions reached in the White Paper, recommendations from the Alliance include:

Antitrust scrutiny through the current investigations by the DOJ and state Attorneys General and remedies that address the abuses and impacts on news publishers.

Passage of the safe harbor bill, also known as the Journalism Competition & Preservation Act, to allow news publishers to collectively negotiate for better business arrangements with the tech platforms.

Compensation mechanisms that properly account for the value that platforms receive through original news content provided by established news organisations.

The Alliance has submitted the White Paper to the Department of Justice (DOJ) for its investigation of Google's anticompetitive behavior.

Resources

Click the links below to download the White Paper and related resources.

White Paper (PDF)

Alliance Letter to the Department of Justice (June 18, 2020)

Press Release: Alliance Releases New White Paper Outlining Google's Dominant Market Behavior, Harming of Journalism (June 18, 2020)

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