IN what could be a game changer in the news publishing industry-The Wall Street Journal reported that Google is considering paying publishers for their content.

The discussion is with publishers outside the US and Europe is already in the frame, the journal reported, .

According to the Financial Times, “Exploratory discussions with media groups including Le Monde and Le Figaro have touched on developing new products that would include financial deals to license news. Google has also talked to some US media groups about the plans, according to people familiar with the matter.”

“We want to help people find quality journalism—it’s important to informed democracy and helps support a sustainable news industry,” Google said in a statement to the Journal.

“We care deeply about this and are talking with partners and looking at more ways to expand our ongoing work with publishers, building on programmes like our Google News Initiative.”

The discussion that is still at its infancy might follow the Facebook approach where the social media platform launched a news feature that pays publishers for news content.

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