Google has threatened to withdraw its search engine from Australia, a country with more than 20 million internet users, if the government enforces a law requiring tech platforms to pay news publishers to display news in search results.
“If this version of the [media] Melanie Silva, Google Vice President for Australia and New Zealand, told the Senate Economic Legislation Committee Friday, in the Sydney Morning Herald mentioned.
The statement was followed shortly after Facebook appeared with Google at a Senate hearing, Requested The state has a six-month grace period to allow it to conduct direct deals with news outlets before submitting to the code.
Google and Facebook Was negotiated Code with the Australian government since December 2019. The country has always strived to be the first to force the two technology platforms, which suck up most of the world’s digital advertising revenue, to pay for viewing content from news publishers who have been directly affected as a result of. This move could have ripple effects worldwide, including in the United States.
Hours before Google’s Silva comments agreed To pay for news publications in France to display content. But in Australia, the company argued that requiring platforms to pay for the links would break a fundamental principle of the Internet – the ability of sites to link freely to one another.
Google Books in a message, “Just as you don’t pay to include a hyperlink in an email message, websites and search engines don’t pay for providing links to third-party websites.” Blog post. “It would be like asking the phone book to pay companies so you can include it – it simply doesn’t make sense.”
In response to Silva’s comments, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison refused to back down. “We don’t respond to threats,” he said Reporters In Brisbane. “Australia is setting our rules for the things you can do in Australia. It was done in our Parliament. Our government has done it. This is how things work here in Australia.”