Australia Australia closer to passing watershed Google, Facebook laws
Google search departure could devastate Australian small businesses, owners say
Small businesses are worried about tech giant Google pulling its search engine from Australia. "The impact on my business would be devastating, as well as [for] thousands of other small businesses in Australia," Mr Sali told ABC News.Google is well and truly the dominant player in Australia's online advertising market.According to research firm IBISWorld, Google has more than 40 per cent share of the $9.7 billion industry.It's followed by REA Group with a 7.9 per cent share, and Facebook at 7.4 per cent share.Mr Sali runs a Melbourne-based business called The Headshot Guy.
By Colin Packham
CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia's lawmakers on Tuesday inched closer to passing landmark laws that would force Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc's Google to pay news outlets for content and could set a precedent for tighter regulation in other nations.
The country is on course to become the first to introduce laws that challenge big technology firms' dominance in the news content market, with Canada and Britain considering similar moves.
Under a global spotlight, Australian senators resumed debating the proposal already endorsed by the parliament's lower house.
Facebook is set to restore Australian news pages
Facebook has advised the Australian government it will restore Australian news pages 'within the coming days'.The social media platform was condemned by politicians around the world after it blocked 25 million Australians from viewing and sharing news articles on Thursday.
The government does not have a majority in the Senate, though the country's opposition Labor party has said it will support the legislation despite loud protests from the tech giants.
Facebook has taken the most hardline approach amid concerns about the global precedent such laws might set for other jurisdictions.
The social media giant last week blocked all news content and several state government and emergency department accounts.
In contrast, Google has signed a series of content deals with Australian media companies.
Australia, however, has vowed no further amendments will be made and the legislation is expected to be endorsed by the country's Senate on Tuesday.
(Reporting by Colin Packham; Editing by Sam Holmes)
Australia says no further Facebook, Google amendments as final vote nears .
Australia says no further Facebook, Google amendments as final vote nearsCANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia will not alter legislation that would make Facebook and Alphabet Inc's Google pay news outlets for content, a senior lawmaker said on Monday, as Canberra neared a final vote on whether to pass the bill into law.