Google Threatens to Remove Search Engine if Media Code Passed

Google threatened pull its Search function from Australia if the News Media Bargaining Code is passed.

Google threatened pull its Search function from Australia if the News Media Bargaining Code is passed.

The News Media Bargaining Code will force tech companies such as Google to negotiate payments to news media companies for content included in search results or news feeds.

Google added that the code contained an unfair arbitration process that  disregards the benefits Google provides to news publishers.

Google’s Australian managing director, Mel Silva, said that the news code was unreasonable and would set a “dangerous precedent”  for paying for links.

“The principle of unrestricted linking between websites is fundamental to search and coupled with the unmanageable financial and operational  risk is 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,” said Silva.

Silva proposed changes to the code to make it more reasonable for both parties and claimed that it already did with other media companies around the world. 

“We’ve been trying to do those deals — the connection of Google Search as the designated product, as well as its tie to the arbitration  criteria, means its nigh impossible to get those Showcase deals done,” said Silva.

Australian Prime minister Scott Morrison responded that they do not respond to threats while other senators accused Google of blackmail.


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