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Google to pay for ‘high quality’ news content in three countries


Komal FatimaWeb Editor

26th June, 2020
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Google to pay for 'high quality' news content in three countries

Google has announced that it will pay some news outlets for using “high-quality” stories. The announcement comes after pressure from publishers. 

As per the initiative, Google will pay the users to access news stories otherwise locked behind a paywall on specific websites.

The decision is likely to be implemented first in Australia,Brazil, and Germany, the product launch will be later this year.

The announcement came as authorities in some countries investigate how technology companies use news content without paying for it. 

Australia has decided to urge Google and Facebook to pay news publishers. France has earlier urged Google to enforce the decision. 

The advancement comes in a long-standing row with news publishers over if tech companies should pay them to include “snippets” of news articles in search results or on social media.

Google specifies its new pitch to solve the matter as a “licensing programme”. It will work more on in-depth stories rather than daily news stories.

Google said in a blog post that it would “pay publishers for high-quality content”

Some articles from subscription news websites will be available for free. 

“Where available, Google will also offer to pay for free access for users to read pay-walled articles on a publisher’s site,” Google said.

“This will let pay-walled publishers grow their audiences and open an opportunity for people to read the content they might not ordinarily see.”

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