There is a deadlock between Google and the Australian government over the media payment law. This law is currently being debated in the Australian Parliament. Voting may also be held soon.
There has been a deadlock between the Australian government and Google over the ‘Media Payment Law’ for almost a month. Now Google has threatened the Australian government to ban its search engine in the country. Google has threatened that the company will shut down its search engine in the country if it is forced to pay local news publishers. At the same time, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said that he does not react to the threats.
Earlier, Google had blocked Australian news websites in search. On this, the Australian government said that Google should focus on paying for our content instead of banning it.
What is the whole matter
Actually, there is a deadlock between Google and the Australian government over the media payment law. The government of Australia is working on a draft of this law. Under this law, both Google and Facebook may have to pay to display the news of local media companies on their search engine. This law is currently being debated in Parliament. Voting may also be held soon.
Apart from Google, Facebook, other tech companies are opposing this law of the Australian Government. Google has warned that if the government is forced to pay media companies, then free search services in Australia can be withdrawn. Then people here will have to pay to use Google.