Google Threatens to Pull Search Engine in Australia
Google issued a warning on Friday saying that it will make the search engine unavailable in Australia if the government does not withdraw its decision to make the tech giant pay for news content. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison responded to the waring saying: “we don’t respond to threats.”
“Australia makes our rules for things you can do in Australia. That’s done in our Parliament. It’s done by our government. And that’s how things work here in Australia,” Morrison added as quoted by ABC News.
Australia is leading the global movement against Google, Facebook and other US-based tech giants’ for their influence over the news business.
Earlier, Google Australia and New Zealand managing director Mel Silva said that the new rules in Australia would be unworkable for the tech company.
“If this version of the code were to become law, it would give us no real choice but to stop making Google search available in Australia. And that would be a bad outcome not only for us, but also for the Australian people, media diversity, and the small businesses who use our products every day,” Silva told senators.
The new rule says that Google and Facebook must pay Australian media companies in case of using their news content.
Google faced similar pressure in France. On Thursday, the tech giant signed an agreement with a group of French publishers. However, Google will negotiate with the publications on individual basis.
In Australia, Google has less control over the negotiations as per the new law.
According to The Australia Institute’s Centre for Responsible Technology director Peter Lewis, “Google’s testimony today is part of a pattern of threatening behavior that is chilling for anyone who values our democracy.”
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