The American company Meta, which operates the social networks Facebook and Instagram, has announced that it will stop publishing news if Congress passes a law to control the publication of news on Internet platforms.
“If Congress passes an ill-conceived journalism law as part of national security legislation, we will have to consider removing news from our platform,” Andy Stone, director of communications at Meta, tweeted on Monday.
Stone pointed out that the Meta would take this step instead of negotiating with publishers if they ignored the benefits that social networking sites bring to the media.
A Meta official called the bill a “dangerous precedent”.
It is noteworthy that the bill being discussed by the US Congress expands the ability of the media to influence the conditions for publishing their news on social networks.