Regional News • Oceania
2021-01-22T21:00:01+00:00

Google threatens to shut down search in Australia if digital news code goes ahead

Google threatens to shut down search in Australia if digital news code goes ahead
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Google has threatened to remove its search engine from Australia and Facebook has threatened to remove news from its feed for all Australian users if a code forcing the companies to negotiate payments to news media companies goes ahead.

The move would mean the 19 million Australians Google users would no longer be able to use Google Search.

At a Senate hearing in Canberra on Friday, Google Australia Managing Director Mel Silva said the draft legislation "remains unworkable," and would be "breaking" the way millions of users searched for content online.

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