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Google is one of the largest tech companies on the planet. They have made everything from ai assistants to social media to digital mailboxes. However, they are mostly remembered for the thing that started it all: the search engine. However, as the times change, and as new laws are put into effect, there is one country that Google is against: Australia.
2020 was a rough year for the world. While the tech industry and the video game industry reached unforeseen heights, just about every other industry took a beating. One industry in particular that had trouble was the local news industry.
The lockdown meant that newspapers could not be made. It also meant they could no longer do interviews or live reports
in person. In Australia, the government wanted to help local news. They then realized that people can google local news, free of charge. So the government made plans for a new law: Search engines must pay a fee if they want to allow people the search for local news.
When Google learned of these plans, they were outraged. They didn’t want to pay random news people they had never heard of. They wanted to show Australia that they shouldn’t have to pay money to keep the little guys afloat. So they announced that they planned on leaving Australia if this law became official.
This would have many repercussions for the people of Australia. For one, people would lose access to Google. While they could use Bing or Firefox, they are less popular and less powerful. And using VPNs isn’t a good solution either, as those cost money. This law may also convince other search engines to leave Australia, which would cause further issues.
There are two solutions to this problem:
Solution One: Australia doesn’t actually put this law into effect. However, this would be dooming independent news stations for the benefit of a corporation.
Solution Two: Google accepts this law and rolls with it. Google is one of the largest corporations in the world. They make billions of dollars each year. They should have zero issues with paying a fee to help keep small, independent companies afloat.
Google and Australia both seem to be firm in their stances, with neither side seeming willing to back down. If Google really leaves Australia, it could reshape how Australians browse the internet. However, this law hasn’t actually passed yet, so we’ll have to wait and see what happens next.
Could Google really leave Australia? – BBC News
Google threatens to withdraw search engine from Australia – BBC News