Microsoft said on Wednesday that it supports Australia’s plan to collect money for news from large digital platforms. Microsoft also said that if Google leaves the country, it will help small businesses to move ads to Bing. Bing is Microsoft’s search engine.
Earlier, a senior Google official said in a Senate hearing last month that if the government went ahead with the draft plan, under which it would have to pay for the news, it would shut down its search engine in Australia. After this, Microsoft has started preparing to increase the market share of its search engine.
Microsoft President Brad Smith in Australia said in a statement that he and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella told Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Communications Minister Paul Fletcher in an online meeting last week that Microsoft would fully support this new draft. is. Morrison confirmed this week that he had spoken to Nadella about Bing taking Google’s place in Australia.
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