Google has threatened to withdraw its site from Australia if it adopts a specific law. Facebook also threatens to change users’ news feeds so as not to have any news if the code passes. Basically, the tech giants would be forced to negotiate with individual news companies in return for using their content. An independent arbitrator would be assigned “ultimately to determine the amount of payment if no agreement can be reached.” So the brain trust of Google decided that they might end up pulling the service altogether instead of having to face the prospect of protecting money out. It is a stinging situation due to the relative proximity to other discussions around how much power these companies have over their users. But as it looks, the company has not indicated that it intends to rock. Australia, for its part, is fine with both results, drawing a line in the sand.
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The Guardian reported on the case and received comment. “The principle of unlimited linking between sites is fundamental to search and combined with the insurmountable financial and operational risk, should this version of the code be allowed, it would give us no choice but to stop making Google search available in Australia . Withdrawing our services from Australia is the last thing Google wants, especially when there is another way forward, ”said Google’s Google CEO Mel Silva.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison was not being taught by Google. He responded to this statement by putting his foot down. Morrison wanted to make it clear that Australia would not be bullied by any of the big tech giants.
He explained: “Let me be ready. Australia makes our rules for things you can do in Australia. It is done in our Parliament. It is done by our government. And this is how things work here in Australia, and people who want to work with it, in Australia you are very welcome. But we do not respond to threats. ”
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