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By William Turvill, PressGazette, Sept. 23, 2022

US Senate committee has given its approval to the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act (JCPA), a piece of legislation that aims to force Google and Facebook to pay for news content.

The Senate Judiciary Committee completed its markup of the JCPA yesterday after senators Amy Klobuchar, a Democrat, and Ted Cruz, a Republican, struck a deal. Advocates of the bill feared that a proposed amendment on content moderation put forward by Cruz could scupper its progress.

According to The Hill the amended bill “includes text that says the negotiations shall be conducted ‘solely to reach an agreement regarding the pricing, terms and conditions’ and should not address how platforms display, rank or distribute content.”

Following the Senate committee vote, The Hill quoted Klobuchar, a major advocate and sponsor of the bill, as saying: “Platforms like Facebook and Google are counting on Republicans and Democrats being unable to put aside their differences to agree on meaningful legislation in the tech sector. This is our moment to prove them wrong.”

Cruz said: “Big Tech hates this bill. That to me is a strong positive for supporting it.”

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