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Google has threatened to stop operating its search services in Australia. The company says they will leave Australia if the Australian government creates a new law that they have planned. The Australian government wants to make new rules for websites like Google. They want Google and other big websites to pay for the news that they show on their platforms.

There have been complaints that Google and other websites like Facebook don’t pay for the news that they show on their websites. They show news stories from other news organisations without paying to use them. The Australian government wants to stop this. They want to make sure websites have to pay to use news stories from other places. Google says it is too difficult to do this. They say that if the Australian government makes this law they will have to stop operating in Australia. This means they will remove their website from Australia completely. Google is the most used website in the world.

People think Google is scared of laws like the one in Australia happening everywhere. If Australia creates this law, it is expected that many other countries could make similar ones. An Australian Senator reacted to Google’s threat. He said that Google can’t stop operating in every country. He says that every country will have a law like this soon. He thinks that Google will have to accept that.

Difficult Words

Threaten (v): To say you will do something bad if someone does not do what you want.

Platform (n): A way to connect or reach many people.

Complaint (n): To say that you don’t like something.

Orginisation (n): A group of people with the same goal.

React (v): To act in response to something.

Activities

For listening practise, listen to the recorded article here:

American English Audio:

Match the Synonym!

 1. Threaten A. Place for communication.
 2. Platform B. Act
 3. Complaint C. Group
 4. Organisations  D. Try to scare.
 5. React E. Say you don’t like something.

True or False?

1. Google says it may stop operating in Australia. T / F

2. The Australian government want Google to pay for the news it uses. T / F

3. Websites like Google and Facebook alway pay for the news stories they use. T / F

4. Facebook is the most used website in the world. T / F

5. Other countries may make the same law as Australia. T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

1. to / stop / Google / operating / has / threatened

2. company / they / Australia / leave / will / The / says

3. wants / The / to / Australian / stop / this / government

4. in / most / Google / the / used / world / is / website / the

5. think / People / are / of / scared / laws / Google

Listening and Vocabulary

Listen to the article and fill in the words OR practice vocabulary and fill in the words.

American English Audio:

EverywhereThreatWebsites
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Google has threatened to stop operating its search (1)____________ in Australia. The company says they will leave Australia if the Australian government creates a new law that they have planned. The Australian government wants to make new rules for websites like Google. They want Google and other big websites to (2)_____ for the news that they show on their platforms.

There have been complaints that Google and other websites like Facebook don’t pay for the news that they show on their (3)___________. They show news stories from other news organisations without paying to use them. The Australian government wants to stop this. They want to make sure websites have to pay to use news stories from other places. Google says it is too difficult to do this. They say that if the Australian government makes this law they will have to stop operating in Australia. This means they will (4)____________ their website from Australia completely. Google is the most used website in the world.

People think Google is scared of laws like the one in Australia happening (5)_______. If Australia creates this law, it is expected that many other countries could make similar ones. An Australian Senator reacted to Google’s (6)________. He said that Google can’t stop operating in every country. He says that every country will have a law like this soon. He thinks that Google will have to accept that.

Conversation Questions

Take turns speaking with a partner or try to answer on your own:

1. Did you find this article interesting? Why or why not?
2. Did you learn anything new from this article? If so, what?
3. What do you think of this story?
4. Is Google the most popular search engine in your country?
5. Should governments be creating rules like this?
6. How popular are other Google services in your country?
7. Is Facebook popular in your country?
8. Where do you find your news?
9. Do Google and Facebook help news organisations by sending people to them?
10. Do you think Google will actually leave Australia?
11. Does it matter if Google leaves Australia?
12. Could you live without using any of Google’s services?
13. Does your government try to limit tech companies like Google?
14. How can governments make big tech companies pay more in taxes?
15. Are there any other tech companies that you think should be limited in some way?
16. Do you think tech companies should be paying any other types of organisations for their content?
17. Do you think your country would create a law like this?
18. Do you agree that most countries will create the same law someday?
19. What do you think Google should do?
20. What do you think would happen if Google left your country?