News Link: Google Might Remove Its Search Engine In Australia – By MK (Editor)
Google said Friday that it might remove its search engine in Australia if the country’s government went ahead with its plans. The plans to make online tech companies pay for hosting news content.
This development is related to the News Media Bargaining Code. A mandatory code of conduct developed by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). Which is to address bargaining power imbalances between the Australian news media businesses and digital platforms, including Google and Facebook.
The ACCC released a draft code in July 2020 allowing news media businesses. Which is to bargain individually or collectively with companies. Such as Google and Facebook over the payment for the inclusion of news on their services.
So far, the Australian government has said that the code will be applicable to Google and Facebook only. Other companies may be added in case they were found to hold a significant bargaining power imbalance with the Australian news media businesses.
This means that Google and Face book would have to pay news websites whose links show up their platforms. Which including Face book News Feed, Instagram, Face book News Tab, Google Search, Google News and Google Discover.
Google says that while it supports the idea that the financial future of publishers needs to be supported. The way the government is trying to achieve this goal would break the way Google search works.
The tech giant has maintained that code remains to be “unworkable” . Since it says that the ability to link freely between websites is fundamental to any search engine. If the code is implemented then Google will have to pay publishers of certain news media outlets. So that their links show up as search results.
Previously, Face book responded to the code becoming law. By saying that the company would remove Australians’ ability to post news content on its platforms.
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News Link: Google Might Remove Its Search Engine In Australia