Google threatens to discontinue search engine from Australia

Google has threatened to disable its search engine in Australia if a new law forcing it to pay local publishers for news is passed, leading to a standoff with prime minister Scott Morrison.

Australia is introducing a law that would require tech companies such as Google and Facebook to pay for the news content local publishers and broadcasters create. If the law is passed, the companies will have to negotiate payments with creators to be able to show news on their platform, including in search results or news feeds.  If they cannot strike a deal, a government-appointed arbitrator will decide the price.

Digital platforms face fines of up to A$10m (£5.6m) if they do not comply with the decision. On Friday, Google Australia managing director Mel Silva told a Senate hearing that the new rules were unworkable, and the company was prepared to exit the Australian market if it forced to comply.

Shivam Sharma

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