California's Google threatens to block service in Australia if forced to pay for news



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California's Google threatens to block service in Australia if forced to pay for news

In the latest flashpoint of a growing grudge between the Australian Government and tech titans likes of Alphabet Inc.-owned Google LLC., the world’s largest internet services provider alongside social networking behemoth Facebook Inc., Google LLC.

said earlier on Friday that the Mountain View, California-based American multinational tech conglomerate would shut down its search engine service in Australia, if Aussie Government held forth with a new law that in effect would force Facebook and Google to pay off media companies to use their contents.

On top of that, the search engine and online advertising industry giant had also cautioned that its 19-million users in Australia would experience a downgraded search result alongside YouTube experiences, had the new bill been passed into a law in the Australian parliament, escalating a battle with heavy-weight publishers such as News Corp.

In point of fact, Google’s latest move to threaten the Australian Government came forth as the largest economy in Oceania was seemingly en route to pass a bill which would push tech titans to negotiate a price with local broadcasters and publishers for using their contents in search results or news feeds.

Apart from that, according to the terms of the law currently being reviewed by the Aussie lawmakers, if the parties couldn’t reach a deal, a Govt.-appointed arbitrator would set a price, eventually fanning up the flames further about the blazing issue what was being closely observed across the globe for over a year.

Canberra disappointed on Google move

Meanwhile, referring to a slew of high-stake financial risks involved in the issue, Google’s managing director for Australia and New Zealand, Mel Silva, said to a senate committee earlier in the day, “Coupled with the unmanageable financial and operational risk 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.

Nonetheless, as the remarks from Silva drew a harsh rebuke from the Aussie Prime Minister Scott Morison, the Aussie PM said to the reporters late in the day, “The country makes its rules for things you can do in Australia.

People who want to work with that in Australia, you’re very welcome. But we don’t respond to threats.