Silva said the company’s main concern with the proposal is that “it only needs to pay for links and excerpts related to news results in search results”.
She said: “The free services we provide to Australian users and our business model are based on the ability to link freely between websites.”
For years, Google and Facebook have troubled publishers about how they display their content, with media companies arguing that tech giants should pay them privileges. Critics of the two technology companies point out that because they dominate the online advertising business, this puts news publishers in trouble and makes them scramble for the remainder.
According to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, the new legislation will allow certain media to bargain with Facebook and Google individually or collectively. If the two parties fail to reach an agreement within three months, they can enter arbitration. legislation.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison fired back at Google on Friday night.
When asked about Morrison’s remarks, Google declined to comment.
The American giant is now proposing three changes to the code, including how it will compensate news publishers.
The company also hopes to amend a requirement to force Google to notify publishers of changes to its algorithm, saying that doing so can only “ensure that publishers can respond to changes that affect them.”
Silva said: “There is a clear path to fair and workable codes.” “Withdrawing our services from Australia is the last thing I or Google hope to do-especially when there are other ways.”
At a Senate hearing on Friday, Simon Milner, Facebook’s vice president of public policy in the Asia-Pacific region, said that although he emphasized its promise to “make the law feasible,” the company may eventually block Australian news content.
Milner told members of Congress that “the law has already had a deterrent effect on Australian journalism investment”, citing Facebook’s recent decision to launch news products in the UK instead of Australia.
The regulator said that due to the decline in the service level of newsrooms across Australia and temporarily or permanently closed, it is necessary to enact legislation to create a level playing field for the Australian news media.
— Hanna Ziady contributed to this report.