What you need to know
- Google Australia has published an open letter on its homepage, telling users that the proposed News Media Bargaining Code could 'hurt' their search experience.
- The proposed law will require tech giants such as Google and Facebook to pay media outlets for news and inform them in advance of any major algorithm changes that could affect their rankings.
- Google says the law will encourage large media companies to make "enormous and unreasonable" demands that could potentially put its free services at risk.
Google Australia today published an open letter about the proposed News Media Bargaining Code on its homepage, telling users that the law could "force" it to provide them with a "dramatically worse Google Search and YouTube."
The open letter claims the proposed law will require Google to provide an unfair advantage to news media businesses over everyone else. Large news media businesses will be able to use the information from Google to improve their search rankings over competitors, even if someone else provides a better result. Google says search data of its Australian users may also be at risk, as the law will force the search giant to tell news media businesses "how they can gain access" to its users' data.
Responding to Google's open letter, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) released a statement saying the letter contains misinformation about the draft News Media Bargaining Code.
As part of its news licensing program, which was announced in June, Google had planned to team up with news publishers in Germany, Australia, and Brazil and pay them for their content. However, The *Financial Times now reports Google has decided to "pause" the program in Australia because of the proposed law.
"Google says the law will encourage large media companies to make "enormous and unreasonable" demands that could potentially put its free services at risk." Yes because, Google is a small, independent mom-and-pop size operation...LOL...
Your headline is impossible. Google is not a person and therefore has no specific corporeal form with which to "slam" anything.
Now, "criticize" is something a corporation certainly is capable of doing.
Google, Facebook and Twitter need controlling until they pass through all the information vs. deleting information (articles) that someone who works there thinks is incorrect. As with the news, let the reader decide. We are smarter than some people believe.
I wonder if that Big Golden "G" at the top of the article stands for Google, or God?
Don't ask them what they think...LOL
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