Google threatens to shut down Australian search engine if it is forced to pay for news content.
On Friday Google threatened to shut down its Australian search engine if the country enforced its plans to get technology companies to pay for news.
Google has warned that its 19 million Australian users will face degraded search and YouTube experiences.
Scott Morrison, Prime Minister of Australia, has hit the tech heck.
On Friday, Google threatened to shut down its Australian search engine as the nation introduced its proposals to make technology companies pay for news. The Internet and search engine giant has warned of degrading search and YouTube experience for its 19-million users in Australia, the media announced.
Scott Morrison, Prime Minister of Australia, also hit the tech game and said, “We’re not responding to threats.” The Australian PM’s statement was the result of a Senate inquiry into the bill by Mel Silva, Google’s Managing Director Australia and New Zealand, saying the new rules would not work, according to a PTI report.
Silva was quoted by senators as saying that if this version of the code were to become law, it would not give us any real choice but to avoid searching Google for Australia. And this would not only be a poor result for us, but for the Australians, media plurality and small businesses who every day use our products, Silva added.
The government’s compulsory code of conduct seeks to get Google, Facebook, and other technology titans to be equitable in paying Australian media companies for using news material from news sites.
According to Silva, the technology giant is ready to play a wide variety of news publishers for the added value, but not under the regulations proposed by the Australian government, which require ties and snippets payments.
It is important to remember that Google controls internet searches globally and also regulates the room in Australia. According to Silva, approximately 95 percent of searches are conducted by Google in Australia. Silva responded to a senator on how much tax she pays last year and said she paid about 59 million Australian dollars (or 46 million dollars) on AU$4.8 billion (or 3.7 billion dollars) taxes.
Google threatens to shut down Australian search engine if it is forced to pay for news content