Google suggested that it would have “no real choice but to stop making Google Search available in Australia” if a new law that requires tech platforms to pay news publishers goes into effect. Australian regulators proposed the law last year, citing “acute bargaining power imbalances” between tech platforms and news publishers. Google previously criticized the proposed rules, noting that it already provides meaningful value to news organizations by generating referral traffic.
More context: The comments were made as part of Google’s opening remarks in an Australian legislative hearing. Read the statement here.