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‘It’s a good proposal, it makes sense’: Microsoft backs proposed media bargaining laws

03 February 2021  |  News

US software giant Microsoft has thrown its support behind proposals to force tech giants to pay media companies for news and issued a veiled swipe against rivals Google and Facebook for threatening to reduce services in Australia.

Microsoft president Brad Smith said on Wednesday that the US$1.8 trillion company "fully" supported the government’s media bargaining code and would invest in its own search engine Bing to fill the void created by Google if it follows through with a threat to turn off its search engine in Australia.


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