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AustraliaInquiry into digital platforms

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About this Review

Binary codeAs part of the deal to get the media law reforms through through the Senate in September, the government agreed to an inquiry into Google and Facebook and other digital platforms.

The Government has now directed the ACCC to commence this inquiry, which will look at the effect 'digital search engines, social media platforms and other digital content aggregation platforms are having on competition in media and advertising services markets'.

An issues paper will be distributed early in 2018. A preliminary report is expected in twelve months with a final report due six months later, in June 2019.

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ACCC media release

Digital Inquiry page

 

Final Report

Due 4 June 2019

 

Preliminary Report

Due 4 December 2018

 

Issues paper

Expected early January 2017

 

Terms of reference

Digital platformsThe Treasurer, The Hon Scott Morrison MP, wrote to the ACCC on 4 December 2017 directing the ACCC to hold a public inquiry into the impact of digital platforms on competition in media and advertising, pursuant to s 95H(1) of the CCA. The matters for consideration were set out in an acocmpanying notice:

I, Scott Morrison, Treasurer, pursuant to subsection 95H( 1) of the Competitoin and Consumer Act 2010, hereby require the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to hold an inquiry into the impact of digital search engines, social media platforms and other digital content aggregation platforms (platform services) on the state of competition in media and advertising services markets, in particular in relation to the supply of news and journalistic content, and the implications of this for media content creators, advertisers and consumers.

Matters to be taken into consideration include, but are not limited to:

i. the extent to which platform service providers are exercising market power in commercial dealings with the creators of journalistic content and advertisers;
ii. the impact of platform service providers on the level of choice and quality of news and journalistic content to consumers;
iii. the impact of platform service providers on media and advertising markets;
iv. the impact of longer-term trends, including innovation and technological change, on competition in media and advertisign markets; and
v. the impact of information asymmetry between platform service providers, advertisers and consumers and the effect on competition in media and advertising markets.


This is not to be an inquiry into supply by any particular person or persons, or by a state or territory authority.

This inquiry is to commence today and submit to me a preliminary report within 12 months and final report within 18 months.

 

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