Indonesian President Joko Widodo said on Tuesday he had signed a regulation requiring digital platforms including Google and Meta, to pay media outlets that provide them with content, in a bid to level the playing field between the media industry and big tech companies, Reuters reported.

Digital platforms in Indonesia include Meta Platforms’ Facebook, Alphabet Inc’s Google and some local aggregators.

“The spirit of the regulation is… to ensure a fair cooperation between media and digital platforms, provide clearer cooperation framework between them,” Jokowi was quoted as saying.

According to the report, he said the drafting process of the regulation, proposed three years ago, had been very long due to different opinions among media and digital platforms.

The regulation posted on the government’s website suggests cooperation between digital platforms and media firms could be in the form of paying licences or sharing data of news users.

A committee would be formed to ensure digital platforms fulfil their responsibilities to the media companies.

The regulation, which takes effect in six months, would not harm content creators as it applied only to digital platforms, Jokowi said.

Content creators had previously complained it could restrict their operations.

Indonesia’s communication and information minister, Budi Arie Setiadi, said in a statement the regulation was part of government efforts to ensure media companies “are not eroded” by digital platforms.

Elsewhere in Australia, the News Media Bargaining Code, took effect in March 2021 and tech companies have since signed deals with media outlets compensating them for content which generated clicks and advertising dollars, according to a report by its Treasury Department.

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