Google says it will turn off search in Australia if it is forced to pay for the news

Asked about Google’s statement, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said: “People who want to work with this in Australia, you are welcome. But we don’t respond to threats. Silva denies that her statement is a threat. “It’s a reality,” she said, adding that shooting Search in the country is the “worst case”. She said making payments to news organizations for content would break Google’s business and that the proposal “would set an untenable precedent for [its] businesses and the digital economy. She added: “It is not compatible with how search engines work or how the Internet works.” In one blog post the company released, it said it “is committed to achieving workable code and seeing a clear path to get there.”

Besides Google, Facebook has also been opposite obligatory payments upfront. The social network has not threatened to leave Australia if the proposal becomes law, but it would no longer be able to offer news as a product.

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