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Google, Facebook say withdrawal of Australian services inevitable under draft media code (update*)

By Laurel Henning
  • 21 Jan 2021 23:11
  • 22 Jan 2021 00:44
Google would withdraw Google Search and Facebook would purge all news content from its Australian platform if draft laws to make both companies pay news publishers become law in their current form, the companies warned today.
In an Australian Senate hearing today, Facebook and Google executives laid out their “worst

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Laurel Henning

Senior Correspondent

Laurel is a senior correspondent specializing in competition law, data privacy and security, in Australia and New Zealand. Laurel reports from Sydney on criminal-cartel legislation and white-collar crime, as well as competition and consumer lawsuits involving companies including Google, Meta Platforms and Apple. While at MLex Laurel has also reported boardroom disputes and shareholder campaigns agitating for changes to company strategy. Laurel joined MLex in 2013 and reported for five years on European energy and climate policies from Brussels. In that time, Laurel covered the regulation of emissions and technological developments pertaining to the energy sector within the EU, as well as the Paris agreement in 2015. A graduate of the University of Liverpool, Laurel studied English and French before beginning a career in journalism with MLex.

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