Time for the news agencies to go down in flames. They only report official statements or stuff witnesses can directly bring to attention on their social media acccounts.
PARIS (AFP) – Nine European press agencies, including AFP, called Wednesday on internet giants to be forced to pay copyright for using news content on which they make vast profits.The call comes as the EU is debating a directive to make Facebook, Google, Twitter and other major players pay for the millions of news articles they use or link to.
“Facebook has become the biggest media in the world,” the agencies said in a plea published in the French daily Le Monde.“Yet neither Facebook nor Google have a newsroom… They do not have journalists in Syria risking their lives, nor a bureau in Zimbabwe investigating Mugabe’s departure, nor editors to check and verify information sent in by reporters on the ground.”
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Reblogged this on Sigrid's Blog * America Then and Now and commented:
I HOPE THAT THE EU DOES TAX THESE SOCIAL MEDIA OUTLETS. It is similar to “companies” with a location that turns out to be just a Post Office Box.