Google Australia Adds Notice To Search Results About News Links Law

Jan 28, 2021 • 6:57 pm | comments (2) by | Filed Under Google Search Engine

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So you probably have heard the news that Australia wants Google and other platforms to pay to list search results to news outlets. I wrote a more detailed article on this at Search Engine Land. Well, now, Google has added a large noticeable banner to the top of the search results in Google Australia for any query.

The banner reads "Google Search is in the news. "You may have heard about a proposed law. We are willing to pay to support journalism. Hear our proposal." The button goes to a short YouTube video Mel Silva, Managing Director for Google Australia, explaining Google's case and offer.

Here is what the search banner looks like in the search results in Australia:

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If only Google made it that clear for its search ads, but that is asking too much.

Here is the video:

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