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UK official: Facebook could pay for user data

Major platforms could have to pay for their data. Photo Illustration: Chris Jackson/Getty

Matt Hancock, the UK's minister for digital issues, said today that he is open to forcing platforms such as Facebook and Google to pay for the data they mine from their hundreds of millions of users.

Why it matters: In his remarks to Axios, Hancock may be the first senior Western government official to publicly offer a challenge to Facebook and Google's fundamental business model.