ReutersJul 26, 2019 07:07:17 IST
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia will publish on Friday recommendations to limit the power of Facebook Inc
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's (ACCC) report is likely to recommend tougher scrutiny and what could be the world's first regulatory body specifically dedicated to policing the market power of the dominant online platforms.
The report will be closely watched by regulatory agencies around the world as governments scramble to adjust laws to accommodate the rapid growth of companies that hold huge sway over the advertising, retail, financial services and media industries.
Google and Facebook have rejected proposals for closer scrutiny contained in a previously released draft of the ACCC report, saying the watchdog had underestimated the level of competition in the Australian online advertising market.
Australia's traditional media companies, including Rupert Murdoch's News Corp
The government will release the final version of the ACCC report on Friday, the regulator said. A representative of Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, the minister overseeing the governments' response to the report, was not immediately available for comment.
Australian media reports said the government planned to give a formal response to the report later this year.
Regulators from the United States to Europe are trying to
address concerns about the tech giants ranging from anti-trust issues to alleged political bias and the spread of "fake news" and hate speech.
The Australian report will likely be the most comprehensive blueprint for regulating their dominance of advertising spending, blamed by owners of news media for the decline of traditional journalism.
This week U.S. lawmakers met the attorney general to discuss overhauling antitrust law to stop big tech companies stifling competition.
Facebook disclosed this month that it is facing an antitrust probe from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.
(Reporting by Byron Kaye; Editing by Stephen Coates)
This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed.
Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.