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Google threatens to block search engine in Australia if forced to pay for news


Google has threatened to block its search engine in Australia if it is forced to pay media outlets for their news content.Both Google and social media giant Facebook – which also opposes the rules and has threatened to remove news from its feed for Australian users – are fighting government plans for a new digital news code.
It would make tech giants negotiate payments with local publishers and broadcasters, and a government-appointed arbitrator would decide the price if they fail to strike a deal.

Facebook also opposes the new digital news code in Australia

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