Google Says Australian Law Could Threaten Search. The giant tech has attacked an Australia proposal to force tech firms to pay news outlets. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission drafted a regulation that calls on internet companies like Google and Facebook to pay for content.
According to Google, this could threaten search services in the country. It warned its YouTube and search features could be dramatically worse if new rules were brought in.
The company said it will fight the regulation which the government is designed to create a level playing field for news outlets. BBC website has full details of the news. Read the next section for the detail.
Google Says Australian Law Could Threaten Search
According to BBC Google attached a new Australian law that forces tech platforms to pay for local news outlets- saying it could threaten the search services in the country.
Google warned in an open letter that “its YouTube and search features could be worse if new rules are brought in. And that users’ data could also be shared.
The Australian Competition regulator said that Google’s letter was misinformation. For the past few months the Australian government has been preparing legislation that will make Facebook and google pay local publishers for their content.
Google said it will fight the legislation the government says is designed to create a level playing field for news outlets.
Furthermore, Google’s Australian managing director Mel Silva wrote in an open letter “The way Aussies search daily on Google is at risk from new regulation. You’ve always relied on Google search and YouTube to show you what’s most relevant and helpful to you. We could no longer guarantee that under this law.”
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission published draft legislation that called on internet companies to pay for content.
It would let news companies negotiate as a bloc with tech giants for the content which appears in their news feeds and search results.
However, the draft code covers other matters too, including notifying news companies of changes to algorithms. Penalties could be up to A$10m (£5m; $7m) each breach, or 10% of the company’s local turnover. The competition regulator that the open letter Google wrote, contains misinformation about the proposal law.
According to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission chairman, Rod Sims made a statement “ Google will not be required to charge Australians for the use of Its free Services such as Google search and YouTube unless it chooses to do so.” The tech giant will not be required to share any additional user data with the Australian news business unless it chooses to do so.
Rod Sims said that the new regulations would address a significant bargaining power imbalance between internet organizations and Australian news media.