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Google will shut down search engine feature in Australia.

Key Points:

  • Google threatens that 1.9 Million Australians would not able to use its search engine feature.
  • Google took this step after the legislation was introduced to force Google & Facebook to pay local media.
  • The US government would ask Australia to scrap the proposed laws.

Google on Friday, has warned that it will shut down the search engine from the entire country – Australia. if the government proposed new laws that force Google to pay news publishers for their content.

Mel Silva, managing director for Australia and New Zealand, told a Senate committee that:

“Coupled with the unmanageable financial and operational risk 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.”

Silva did not mention YouTube in his remarks.

Australia is ready to pass laws that would make tech giants negotiate payments with local publishers and broadcasters for content included in search results or news feeds. If they cannot strike a deal, a government-appointed arbitrator will decide the price.

The search giant had threatened that its 19 million Australian users would face degraded search and YouTube experiences. if the new code were enforced.
“Let me very clear, Australia makes our rules for things you can do in Australia. That’s done in our parliament.” said by the Prime Minister.
                               “People who want to work with that in Australia,
                                                          you’re very welcome.
                                           But we don’t respond to threats,”
                                                                           -Morrison told to the reporters.
This legislation is announced by Australia last month. After it found that Alphabet Inc-owned Google and social media giant Facebook held too much market power in the media industry.
According to the new code, Google and Facebook would have to pay local media companies. As they are providing their content in search and sharing their content on social media.

Google’s threat to limit its services in Australia came. just hours after the internet giant reached a content-payment deal with some French news publishers.

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