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Google threatens to shut down search in Australia if digital news code goes ahead

Google and Facebook are fighting legislation which would force them to enter into negotiations with news media companies for payment for content

Google has threatened to remove its search engine from Australia and Facebook has threatened to remove news from its feed for all Australian users if a code forcing the companies to negotiate payments to news media companies goes ahead.

The move would mean the 19 million Australians who use Google every month would no longer be able to search, and 17 million Australians who log into Facebook every month would not be able to see or post any news articles.

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