So-called “Link Tax” bill stalls in California Legislature

A bill that would have forced social media companies to pay a fee to California media outlets for posting their news stories has been pulled according to its author Assemblymember Buffy Wicks of Oakland.

The bill was criticized by social media companies who threatened to pull news from their sites if the bill passed. Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, said it would be forced to remove news stories from its platforms.

“If the Journalism Preservation Act passes, we will be forced to remove news from Facebook and Instagram rather than pay into a slush fund that primarily benefits big, out-of-state media companies under the guise of aiding California publishers,”

The bill be reviewed again in 2024

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