Google, Facebook to Be Ordered to Pay for Australian News Content

How much the tech giants will be told to fork out is still being decided, but the country’s treasurer said it would be in the millions of dollars

SYDNEY—Australia plans to require Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Facebook Inc. to pay local media organizations for their content, the latest development in a global debate over whether the tech giants are unfairly benefiting from news articles that appear on their platforms.

Details on how much the tech companies will need to pay are still being decided. Australian government officials said Monday that the country’s competition regulator would determine how the payments would be calculated, which the government plans to pass...