The company, “Google” today, Friday, threatened to stop its search engine in Australia if the government enacted a new law that would force it to pay media companies for the right to use their content.
And the Australian News Agency reported that the managing director of Google’s operations in Australia, Mel Silva, said that the law, which Australia is seeking to enact to force Google to pay news platforms for their content or face fines, is impractical and that the company is unable to face financial risks. .
She added that “leaving the Australian market is the only rational option, if this law is to pass.”
If passed, the law would force technology companies to pay news platforms for their content or face fines of up to 10 million Australian dollars (7.7 million US dollars), according to the Australian News Agency.
This law will initially include “Newsfeed”, “Facebook” and the “Google” search engine.
Source: Reuters + Novosti