Microsoft and Google call each other out over their stance on news content
What you need to know
- Microsoft's president has spoken out against Google over its news content practices.
- Google has criticized its rival over its support for recent legislation around news content.
- Google has posted a webpage proclaiming its support for news publications.
Google has facing heat over its stance on supporting news content providers, particularly in Australia and the EU. Following the advent of new legislation giving more negotiating power to local news publications in Australia, Google threatened to pull its search engine out of the country, claiming that the new law was detrimental to its business. Eventually, a deal was reached between them that allows Google to avoid the new law, a situation that has not gone unnoticed by rival Microsoft, which called Google out in recent antitrust testimony.
Microsoft President, Brad Smith, who has openly supported Australia's new legislation (opens in new tab), recently criticized Google over its monopolistic practices (via Axios):
It's worth noting that Microsoft will have to abide by the same laws imposed on Big Tech like Google and Facebook.
Google also issued its own criticism at Microsoft, saying that the company would "be eager to impose an unworkable levy on a rival and increase their market share." Meanwhile, the company attempted to save face by launching its News Showcase in Australia, which curates news content from local sources into one place that can be accessed through the Google News app on the best cheap Android phones. It also published a webpage in a seemingly desperate attempt to highlight how it supports journalism.
Meanwhile, Google will soon have to put up with new legislation in the United States, which has been introduced in the wake of Australia's new law.
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Seems so quaint now, but remember when MS had to remove Media Player, and later IE, from Windows?
"can be accessed through the Google News app on the best cheap Android phones. " LOL, seriously!? What do cheap phones have to do with this? I know you guys have to make money, but lately IMO this has been getting very out of hand here...
Haha I thought the same thing. As subtle as a kick to the crotch.
We've had choices to either subscribe / pay for a printed news OR read for free online (until that became a paid subscription access). Google News and Microsoft News are both guilty of doing the same thing (basically getting you access to news and sometimes not having to pay for subscription - until the news website figures it out and starts asking you to pay to read). It all comes down to 💵 (who's getting the ad revenue? who's getting news viewers to pay up?) and who has control of that (which browser are you using? what search engine are you using?) I can almost see this turning into a regional thing (similar to when home media was broken down to regions, except it will be your Device, the Country you're in and your Carrier). I don't see this as device specific. 🤔