As Google eyes Australia exit, Microsoft talks Bing with PM Scott Morrison

As Google eyes Australia exit, Microsoft talks Bing with PM Scott Morrison”

The dispute between Google and the Australian authorities is yet to come to an end, with the search giant threatening to leave the local market should the company be forced to pay to show links to media outlets in its results.

"They have altered the content that thousands of Australians see in the name of a media stunt, and they have actively used the monopoly control over information markets to try and influence Australian opinion". Currently, the process is in the stage of public hearings.

Although the Australian government confirmed that YouTube will not be included as a designated service in the Code, Google thinks the Code is written leaves the door open for additional digital platforms to be added at any time.

"Let me be clear".

GOOGLE'S threat to withdraw services from millions of Australians to evade a law was a "sobering" demonstration of its monopoly power, a Senate inquiry heard today. Morrison revealed that Microsoft was in a position to expand its Bing search capabilities in Australia to offset the potential Google exit.

"So it's not an ideal scenario, and we shouldn't take it". I think the code does what it's meant to do.

Breitbart News has previously reported on Google's attempts to lobby against Australia's plans.

"I'm sure this is a big turning point for Australia's democracy".

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"We're told that if we go ahead with this, we're going to break the internet", Frydenberg said.

Facebook Inc.'s Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg's meeting with Australia's Treasurer Josh Frydenberg in the past week did little to resolve the spat between the social media giant and the country over proposed changes to media laws.

Country Press Association president Bruce Ellen said news start-ups should also be allowed to register for payments if they could demonstrate they would reach the financial target within three to six months to bolster independent news organisations in regional areas. "No, Mark Zuckerberg didn't convince me to back down if that's what you're asking", the Australian treasurer said.

Facebook has previously said it could prevent Australians from posting and accessing news content on its platforms if the bill was passed.

"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", said Mel Silva, MD of Google Australia and New Zealand, according to the Business Insider.

Independent senator Rex Patrick accused it of mirroring Chinese government tactics by strongarming Australia over an individual law it did not approve of.

Australia's government has designed a mandatory news media bargaining code that would force Facebook and Google to compensate local publishers for hosting news stories on their platforms.

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