In Brief

News Corp calls for Google to be broken up

Submission to Australia’s competition watchdog is latest salvo in battle between the media giants

News Corp Australia has called on the country’s competition watchdog to break up Google’s local operations to limit the search giant’s power.

The company, controlled by media mogul Rupert Murdoch, said Google’s search engine should be separated from the business to make it easier for digital publishers to compete for advertising.

In a submission to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s digital platforms inquiry yesterday, News Corp said: “Divestment is necessary in the case of Google, due to the unparalleled power that it currently exerts over news publishers and advertisers alike.”

The recommendation is part of a government inquiry into the power of digital platforms, and the latest salvo in a battle between the media companies.

News Corp “has been lobbying governments across the world to take tougher regulatory action against digital giants such as Google and Facebook,” the Financial Times reports.

The firm controls roughly 60% of Australia’s daily newspaper circulation and has been a regular critic of intrusive media regulation in Australia and elsewhere, the paper adds.

Rodney Tiffen, professor of political science at University of Sydney, says “there is an irony in this call for regulatory intervention and divestment from a company controlled by Murdoch.”

This demand for the government to enforce divestment on Google “sounds like more of a cry of indignation, rather than a realistic hope of action,” he added.

News Corp’s complaint is the latest in a global campaign against the outsized power of US tech giants, CNN Money reports.

Democratic presidential candidate Senator Elizabeth Warren released an aggressive plan this week to disband Amazon, Facebook and Google if she makes it to the White House.

In a statement, she said that the companies use their market power to “squash small businesses and innovation.”

Recommended

How to renew a UK passport
Blue and burgundy UK passports
In Depth

How to renew a UK passport

Making money: space diamonds and meteorite collecting
‘The Enigma’ 555.55 carat black diamond is being auctioned at Sotheby’s
Expert’s view

Making money: space diamonds and meteorite collecting

What could happen if China tried to invade Taiwan?
Chinese troops on mobile rocket launchers during a parade in Beijing
Fact file

What could happen if China tried to invade Taiwan?

A ‘gift’ for scammers: the true cost of furlough fraud
Furlough
In Focus

A ‘gift’ for scammers: the true cost of furlough fraud

Popular articles

What would a Russian ‘lightning war’ against Ukraine look like?
Members of the Kiev territorial defence forces take part in drills outside Kiev, Ukraine
Getting to grips with . . .

What would a Russian ‘lightning war’ against Ukraine look like?

Best new TV crime dramas of 2022
Vicky McClure in Trigger Point
In Depth

Best new TV crime dramas of 2022

Is Bosnia on the brink of another civil war?
Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik
In Depth

Is Bosnia on the brink of another civil war?

The Week Footer Banner