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Google: Australia will give your data to big media. Australia: Google lies

Christian Fernsby |
Google sent an open letter to Australians, drammatically pointing to some things.

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"We need to let you know about new Government regulation that will hurt how Australians use Google Search and YouTube.

"A proposed law, the News Media Bargaining Code, would force us to provide you with a dramatically worse Google Search and YouTube, could lead to your data being handed over to big news businesses, and would put the free services you use at risk in Australia.

"The law would force us to give an unfair advantage to one group of businesses news media businesses over everyone else who has a website, YouTube channel or small business. News media businesses alone would be given information that would help them artificially inflate their ranking over everyone else, even when someone else provides a better result. We’ve always treated all website owners fairly when it comes to information we share about ranking.

"We partner closely with Australian news media businesses we already pay them millions of dollars and send them billions of free clicks every year."

The open letter published by Google contains misinformation about the draft news media bargaining code which the ACCC would like to address :"Google will not be required to charge Australians for the use of its free services such as Google Search and YouTube, unless it chooses to do so.

"Google will not be required to share any additional user data with Australian news businesses unless it chooses to do so.

"The draft code will allow Australian news businesses to negotiate for fair payment for their journalists’ work that is included on Google services.

"This will address a significant bargaining power imbalance between Australian news media businesses and Google and Facebook.

"A healthy news media sector is essential to a well functioning democracy."

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