Google — Threatens to Remove Its Search Engine from Australia

  • Australian PM Scott Morrison on his part said that the lawmakers will not yield to such threats. The Premier said that his government will continue with the plan to progress the law to parliament in the course of the year.
  • The company’s managing director in Australia, Mel Silva said that the laws were unworkable.
  • Over the years, most of the Tech firms have continued to get pressure to pay for news content in other countries, including France.

Google has warned that it is going to remove its search engine from Australia. The threat follows an attempt by the country to make the world’s tech giant share privileges with news publishers. Australia plans to introduce one of the world’s first laws that would make Google, Facebook and other tech companies pay for the news content.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

In its argument, the government said the tech companies gain a lot from the customers who want to read news that usually emanate from the newsroom. It added that the companies should therefore be fair and offer a token to the media houses.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on his part said that the lawmakers will not yield to such threats. The Premier said that his government will continue with the plan to progress the law to parliament in the course of the year. On the other hand, the media firms in the country have welcomed the move saying it will benefit them greatly.

The news industry has been struggling and the coronavirus pandemic made the situation worse. It is alleged that a number of media companies in Australia have forced to close due to a reduction in its digital advertising expenditure.

However, the US firm has categorically stated that the law if effected will see them withdraw some of their services in Australia. Google has argued that through its news partnership platform it has continued to support journalism.

The company’s managing director in Australia, Mel Silva said that the laws were unworkable. She added that if the proposal becomes law then Google Search will be made unavailable in the country.

Yahoo’s logo, another search engine.

Austrailia’s proposal move will force most internet lovers in the country to use other search engines like Yahoo. The US trade representatives called on the Australian government to drop the law for the benefit of its citizens.

The threat to close Google search engine in Australia has been received with outrage by the citizens. The agitated Australians have blamed the government and the US firm.

They have been left wondering about the information they will be able to get from other search engines. If the removal of Google’s search engine could in turn lead inaccessibility of Gmail, Google Home Services as well as Google maps.

Over the years, most of the Tech firms have continued to get pressure to pay for news content in other countries, including France. The call by the Australian legislators is one that would be able to measure how far the governments will move in an effort to regulate big tech firms.

Google remain a dominant search engine across the world although the Australian government has claimed that despite being an essential utility with little competition. According to google, most of its revenue generated by google is generated from news content.

 In an attempt to test the value of Australian news services, Google blocked the country’s news sites from its search results last week.

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Juliet Norah

I am a freelance journalist is passionate about news. I derive pleasure in informing people about the happenings in the world

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