SYDNEY: Australia urged Google on Thursday (Jan 14) to “focus on paying for original content, not blocking it” after the internet giant said it was running tests that limit access to domestic news content, deepening a rift between the tech giant and the government. After the Alphabet-owned search engine provider said it was conducting experiments to determine the value of its service to Australian news outlets, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg accused it of “blocking” users when it should be paying for the content. “The digital giants should focus on paying for original content, not blocking it,” Frydenberg told reporters, referring to Google and social media behemoth Facebook. The companies should “pay traditional news media businesses a fair sum of money for those news media businesses generating original content”, he added. The spat shows the strong resistance by the so-called Big Tech firms to laws which will force them to negotiate with Australian news outlets over payment for the content which appears on their platforms. If the parties are unable to reach an agreement, a government-appointed arbitrator will decide for them. In a long-running dispute, Google and Facebook have called the rules unfair and suggested they would force them to limit their… Read full this story
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