The CEO of News Corp. has admitted that big corporations are pushing for the likes of Google and Facebook to censor alternative media outlets so that News Corp-owned publications can make more money.
The admission is contained in an AFP article about Robert Thompson, CEO of the publishing arm of Rupert Murdoch's media empire.
Thompson accuses Google and Facebook of creating a "dysfunctional" and "debased" online environment by failing to crack down on what he calls "bot-infested badlands," and that this lack of censorship is making it harder to achieve a "safe space for advertisers".
Thompson goes on to complain that "misinformation" is being promoted at the expense of media properties such as the Wall Street Journal (which just happens to be owned by News Corp).
"The potential returns for our journalism would be far higher in a less chaotic, less debased digital environment," asserts Thompson.