Google’s fight in one country could threaten its global media empire

The search giant, along with Facebook, could be forced to pay news publishers for content in Australia. Other governments will likely follow suit.

Google is threatening to leave Australia over a proposed media law. It’s a battle the search giant is sure to face in other countries.

Last month, Google said it may stop providing search results in Australia if the government passes a new bill forcing it to pay the country’s publishers for the news links and snippets its search engine surfaces. Leaving Australia would deprive its 25 million citizens of the world’s most widely used search engine, which handles almost 95% of the country’s daily searches.

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