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Thu Jan 21, 2021, 10:08 PM

Google threatens to disable search in Australia if media code becomes law [View all]

Source: Sydney Morning Herald

Google says it will stop making its search function available in Australia if Parliament passes the Morrison government's proposed laws to force it and Facebook to pay news businesses for their journalism.

Google Australia managing director Mel Silva told a Senate hearing on Friday the proposed news media bargaining code remained "unworkable", and the company was prepared to exit the Australian market.

"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," Ms Silva told the inquiry.

It is the first time the digital giant has made the threat to disable its primary search function to all Australians in its response to the proposed laws.

Read more: https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/google-threatens-to-disable-search-in-australia-if-media-code-becomes-law-20210122-p56w2h.html



The news business that the Australian government wants Google and Facebook to pay is Rupert Murdoch's News Corp, which owns the vast majority of Australian newspapers.

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