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California measure would force tech giants to pay news outlets

The California measure is already facing industry pushback. NetChoice, a tech trade group that counts Meta, Google and Amazon as members, railed against the measure in a statement to The Technology 202.

“It’s unfortunate but unsurprising to see California copying failed proposals from the federal government and enacting them in their own state,” said Carl Szabo, NetChoice vice president. He added that the bill would “harm free speech online by creating a special class of government-preferred media.”