Google expressed dissatisfaction with Microsoft over online news, harshly criticizing the company and accusing it of breaking its open web operation to beat its competitors.
Google blames Microsoft for open web
Google expressed discomfort, stating that it was an attack by Microsoft to undermine the company’s efforts to support journalism and publishers. In January, Google threatened to remove the search engine from Australia in response to a law that would force news publishers to pay for their content, and Australia repealed the law in February and Google’s News Corp. and along with other broadcasters that their services are still available in Australia.
In the midst of all this, Microsoft expressed support for Australia’s new law, which called for the creation of online platforms rather than paying news sources for content. Google also expressed dissatisfaction with Microsoft’s involvement. “They are now making claims that serve them and are even willing to break the way the open web works to beat a competitor,” said Kent Walker, global affairs officer, in a blog post shared by Google.
“Microsoft’s renewed interest in attacking us comes right after the SolarWinds attack and at a time when tens of thousands of customers were actively attacked via major Microsoft vulnerabilities. This is no coincidence either. He was warned about the vulnerabilities in the Micrososft. system, they knew they were being exploited, and now their customers are trying to get parts of what is called the ‘Great Email Heist’, ”he criticized the company.
These statements by Google also mean that the Judicial Committee of the House of Representatives is concerned with the antitrust and commercial aspects of competition for a free and diverse press. While Google claims it doesn’t monetize Google News, Microsoft argues it’s more complex and includes Google Search Ads, the ad technology business, ad technology tools, and Google’s overall consumer dataset.
Finally, it should be noted that Google and Microsoft disagree that publishers cannot have more control over the search giant and the digital ad industry dominated by Facebook.