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Comment: Australia's Facebook, Google media code updates are, for now, surface level

By Laurel Henning
  • 09 Dec 2020 22:06
  • 09 Dec 2020 22:26
YouTube and Instagram grabbed Australian headlines this week for their notable absence from an updated draft piece of legislation designed to force their parent companies Google and Facebook to pay national media for the news the platforms host.
What’s perhaps more interesting is the inclusion of the benefit media companies

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Laurel Henning

Senior Correspondent

Laurel is a senior correspondent specializing in competition law, data privacy and security, in Australia and New Zealand. Laurel reports from Sydney on criminal-cartel legislation and white-collar crime, as well as competition and consumer lawsuits involving companies including Google, Meta Platforms and Apple. While at MLex Laurel has also reported boardroom disputes and shareholder campaigns agitating for changes to company strategy. Laurel joined MLex in 2013 and reported for five years on European energy and climate policies from Brussels. In that time, Laurel covered the regulation of emissions and technological developments pertaining to the energy sector within the EU, as well as the Paris agreement in 2015. A graduate of the University of Liverpool, Laurel studied English and French before beginning a career in journalism with MLex.

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