Google on Friday has warned to shut down its search in Australia citing concerns on the new payment law.
According to the media reports, Google Australia Managing Director Mel Silva told law makers in Senate hearing that the tech giant will shut down the search engine if Canberra approves the controversial bill.
Mel Silva said that, “If this version of the Code were to become law, it would give us no real choice but to stop making Google Search available in Australia.”
“That would be a bad outcome not just for us, but for the Australian people, media diversity and small businesses who use Google Search.”
According to Silva, the company’s main concern with the proposal is that it would require payments simply for links and snippets just to news results in Search.
Google’s threat to limit its services in Australia came just hours after the internet giant reached a content-payment deal with some French news publishers.
Tech experts said that the proposed law will force Google and Facebook to pay local media for their news content or face millions of dollars in fines.
In an angry response to the threat, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that “Australia makes our rules for things you can do in Australia. That’s done in our parliament. People who want to work with that in Australia, you’re very welcome, but we don’t respond to threats.”