AUSTRALIA REBUKES GOOGLE FOR BLOCKING LOCAL CONTENT
The Australian government has urged Google to focus on paying for Australian content instead of blocking it.
After media reports said Australian news websites were not showing up in searches, Google confirmed it was blocking the sites for a small number of users.
The search engine said it was conducting experiments to determine the value of its service to Australian news outlets.
Google, Facebook and other tech companies are fighting the Australian government over plans to make them pay for news content.
Google said the tests affect about 1% of Australian users, and will be finished by February.