(FiveNation)- Have you heard about the proposed legislation in Australia that would force social media and Big Tech giants to start paying for news content that powers their platforms?
It’s an incredible move by the nation’s parliament to finally make it easier for smaller platforms to compete and to limit the unlimited growth of Big Tech giants that censor who they please.
After the legislation was proposed in December, Google threatened to withdraw its services entirely in Australia to avoid the new rules, but Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison isn’t going down without a fight.
The Aussie PM hit back at Google for holding Australians hostage and refusing to be held accountable.
“We don’t respond to threats,” Morrison told ABC News on Friday. “Australia makes our rules for things you can do in Australia. That’s done in our parliament. It’s done by our government. And that’s how things work here in Australia.”
Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to be the case in the United States. President Joe Biden is already signing unprecedented numbers of executive orders and indicating that he will make it easier for Big Tech to censor political activists and commentators online.
Prime Minister Morrison hit back after Google spokeswoman Mel Silva told a Senate inquiry that they couldn’t accept the new rules and would instead simply withdraw from the country.
“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,” she threatened.
“And that would be a bad outcome not only for us, but also for the Australian people, media diversity, and the small businesses who use our products every day,” she said.
The problem? It’s not true.
Google withdrawing from Australia would allow the plethora of search engine alternatives to build up their platforms and operate on a more level footing, all being required to pay for content they use to build their platforms and grow proportionately in the process.
If anything, Google leaving Australia would help online diversity…
Australia appears to be moving forwards with the new law, with the PM saying that they “want to see news media businesses fairly paid for creating original journalistic content.”
The Morrison Government is introducing a mandatory bargaining code to help create a level playing field in Australia’s online advertising market.
We want to see news media businesses fairly paid for creating original journalistic content. pic.twitter.com/f5M6tdi8eP
— Josh Frydenberg (@JoshFrydenberg) December 9, 2020
This sounds like something America should be considering…