Yesterday, the American company, Google, threatened to withdraw its search engine from Australia, due to a proposed media law that would require the company to pay for news content.
The Australian Associated Press said that Mel Silva, managing director of Google’s Australian operations, said in a Senate investigation that the law was impractical and that the company was unable to calculate 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 agency. The law will be applied first to “Facebook Newsfeed” and the search engine “Google”.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission introduced the law.
The committee chair, Rod Sims, told the Senate investigation that without the law on news, the balance of power would be too far in favor of technology companies, allowing them to offer “deals according to the principle of accept or reject.”
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