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Google says it will disable Search in Australia if it’s forced to pay for news

When asked about Google’s declaration, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said: “People who want to work with that, in Australia, you’re very welcome. But we don’t respond to threats.” Silva denies that her statement was a threat. “It’s a reality,” she said, clarifying that pulling Search in the country is the “worst case scenario.” She said making payments to news outlets for content would break Google’s business, and the proposal “would set an untenable precedent for [its] businesses and the digital economy.” She added: “It’s not compatible with how search engines work or how the internet works.” In a blog post the company published, it said it’s “committed to reaching a workable code and see a clear path to getting there.”

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Aside from Google, Facebook has also been opposed to mandatory payments from the start. The social network didn’t threaten to leave Australia if the proposal becomes a law, but it wouldn’t be able to offer news as a product anymore.

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