Google threatens search cut in Australia

Threat is Google’s most potent yet as the digital giant tries to stem a flow of regulatory action worldwide

24 January 2021 - 00:04 By Agency Staff

Google threatened to disable its search engine in Australia if it is forced to pay local publishers for news, a dramatic escalation of a months-long standoff with the government.

A proposed law, intended to compensate publishers for the value their stories generate for Google, is “unworkable”, Mel Silva, MD for Australia and New Zealand, told a parliamentary hearing on Friday...

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