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Google threatens to REMOVE search engine in Australia if legislators force it to share profits with news content creators

Posted On: Mar 4, 2021   |   Posted By: RT

Google threatens to REMOVE search engine in Australia if legislators force it to share profits with news content creators

Australians could soon be deprived of Google's ubiquitous search engine, with the web behemoth threatening to cut off service should lawmakers pass a hot-button measure forcing tech firms to cough up revenue to media outlets.
As Australian legislators continue to debate the controversial law - which would compel internet platforms to hand over a cut of revenues to press agencies for sharing their content - Google stepped into the fray on Friday, insisting the move would make its operations unfeasible in the country.
“The code's arbitration model with bias criteria presents unmanageable financial and operational risk for Google,” Mel Silva, managing director for Google's Australia and New Zealand branches, told a senate committee.
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.
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