threatens Press saying: ‘Work with us or end up in a hospice’
Brown, Facebook's head of news partnerships, is said to have told a
group of Australian media executives that their businesses would die
without their help
has been accused of threatening media firms into working with them by
saying their businesses would end up "in a hospice" if they didn't.
Brown, Facebook's global head of news partnerships, is said to have
told a group of Australian media executives that their businesses
would die without their help, and that Mark Zuckerberg "doesn't care"
Australian, as part of a four-hour closed-door meeting with Ms
Brown, the top exec for the social media giant said: "We will help you
revitalise journalism … in a few years the reverse looks like I’ll be
holding your hands with your dying business like in a hospice."
sources present at the meeting confirmed the comments.
was also reported to have said: "Mark Zuckerberg doesn't care about
publishers but is giving me a lot of leeway and concessions to make
added: "“We are not interested in talking to you about your traffic
and referrals anymore. That is the old world and there is no going
back – Mark wouldn’t agree to this.”
strongly denies the reports and said the quotes were "not accurate"
and have been "taken out of context." But they have not released
transcripts of the meeting.
House of Commons probe recently said the tech giants must do more to
root out harmful content and dodgy adverts.
they've spent millions publishing adverts showing the public how to
spot false stories.
But Facebook's top bosses have said its not their responsibility to do
Chakrabarti said that the firm "don't want to be the arbiters of
truth" even if their site lets fake stories get shared.
the while under-pressure newspapers are fighting to stay in business -
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Brown added in response to the reports: "These quotes are simply not
accurate and don’t reflect the discussion we had in the meeting.
know there’s much more to do, but our goal at Facebook — what the team
works on every day with publishers and reporters around the world — is
to help journalism succeed and thrive, both on our platform and off.
means a new focus on building sustainable business models, and that’s
what the discussion was about."
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