Senior Australian officials respond to Google threat: it’s inevitable for technology giants to pay for news content


Sina science and technology news on the morning of January 25, Australian Federal finance minister Josh frydenberg warned Internet giants that it is “inevitable” to pay for news content.
Previously, Google had threatened to shut down Australian search if it wanted to pay, which Friedenberg thought would only hurt themselves greatly.
Friedenberg also said the Australian government wanted to be a “world leader” in regulating social media and search companies.
Friedenberg said in Melbourne that in the past two years, the government has worked with Australian competition regulators to develop new regulations aimed at enabling technology giants to pay for content created in Australia.
Friedenberg accused technology companies of “changing the rules” by first opposing the government’s proposed final price arbitration and then refusing to pay per click for media content in search results. Friedenberg said that the independent arbiter will decide the fee to pay, and if the clicks brought by media content only account for a small part of the total search hits, it will be reflected in the payment. Friedenberg also said the government’s position is supported by media companies and the public.
Friedenberg believes that it is inevitable for technology giants to pay for original content, and Australia is now faced with the choice of either introducing such legislation first and becoming the first one, or letting other countries implement it first and then follow.
Google and Facebook are opposed to the new legislation in Australia. Google threatened to withdraw Google search from Australia, while Facebook said it would delete news from the news of Australian users.