Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Thursday he had a “constructive meeting” with Google chief Sundar Pichai after the tech giant took steps to pull its search engine from the country over a likely new law.
Basically, Australia wants internet giants Facebook and Google, an auxiliary of Alphabet, to pay for news.
The government presented a media bill in parliament in December. Whenever passed, the new media bargaining code would require the digital platforms to pay local media outlets and publishers to interface their content in news feeds or search results. On the off chance that the parties can’t agree, a government-appointed panel will settle on the cost.
“I thought it was a constructive meeting,” Morrison told journalists Thursday, as per the transcript of a press conference posted by his office.
“I have been able to send them the best possible signals that should give them a great encouragement to engage with the process and conclude the arrangements we’d like to see them conclude with the various news media organizations in Australia,” he said.
Morrison said Google raised explicit aspects of the media dealing code on the call and the conversations touched the organization’s ability to keep offering services in Australia.
“At the end of the day, they understand that Australia sets the rules for how these things operate. And I was very clear about how I saw this playing out,” Morrison said, without further elaboration.
Google, as far as concerns its, contends that the current version of the proposed legislation doesn’t work for its products and services in Australia. The organization’s position is that it needs to get a workable code and will pay publishers for value.
Google as of late launched News Showcase, where it says it will pay news publishers monthly to minister their content and to access to their paid articles to make selected stories accessible for free across Google services.
Morrison told correspondents a month ago that Australia doesn’t react to dangers.
Independently, Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg told local media he had a “very constructive discussion” with Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg over the proposed media law however that at last, it didn’t move the government’s position on the policy.
For its part, Facebook has taken steps to quit permitting Australians to share local and international news on the social network and on Instagram if the law is passed.