Google has threatened to shut down its search engine in Australia if a controversial bill designed to benefit the news media becomes law.
Australia is currently discussing a law that would potentially make big technology firms like Google and Facebook pay media outlets for their news content.
Google Australia Managing Director Mel Silva said: “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.”
Google has been a dominant search engine in Australia, and is described by the government as a near-essential utility, with few competitors.
The Australian government has argued that there is a need for technology firms to pay newsrooms as these platforms gain viewers that want to read the news.
The Australian government also stated that the law would only be applied to Google and Facebook if it passed, and accused Google of blackmailing and bullying Australia.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison told reporters: “Let me be clear: Australia makes our rules for things you can do in Australia. That’s done in our parliament.”