Microsoft Corporation has recently disclosed that it has completely upheld proposed new laws in Australia which mean that the likes of both Google and Facebook would have to pay home-grown news sources for their content.
The software firm, in a statement, said : “While Microsoft is not subject to the legislation currently pending, we’d be willing to live by these rules if the government designates us. The code reasonably attempts to address the bargaining power imbalance between digital platforms and Australian news businesses.”
Both Google as well as Facebook have countered the possibility of this new legislation being put into place by claiming that these laws are impossible and that if they end up going through, then both the companies would pull out some critical administrations from Australia.
Microsoft already happens to be in the process of promoting its very own search engine in Bing in Australia as a result of the possibility that Google might pull out of the country when the policy goes into effect. The company even went as far aa holding talks with the country’s Prime Minister to address the situation at hand.
The Prime Minister even went as far as suggesting that Microsoft was prepared to step in and extend its search engine, Bing, in Australia if indeed Google pulls its search after he had talks with the Microsoft Chief Executive in Satya Nadella just a week ago.
The company, in a statement, proceeded on to claim that it will go on and offer small firms a chance to transfer advertising business to bing with there being no costs and that it would also invest further in the product so as to ensure that it is indeed competitive.
For now, as far as Google’s position holds, the search engine giant is yet to respond to a request for comment sent in by Reuters.


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