Google will shut down search engine feature in Australia.
- 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.
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.