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Australian regulator accuses Google of spreading news law 'misinformation'

Google is warning Australian users that the introduction of a proposed law forcing it to pay for access to local news outlets could be a danger to its free search and YouTube services, a claim that the Australian competition regulator dismisses as “misinformation.”Australia is in the process of preparing new legislation, the News Media Bargaining Code, that would require major tech companies such as Facebook and Google to pay publishers for any content that appears in search results and news features of the platforms.In a bid to bring public opinion its way on the proposals, Google published an open letter that warns of a potential deterioration of Google Search and YouTube, one which Google warns “could lead to your data being handed over to big news businesses, and would put the free services you use at risk.” Read more…
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