Google has accused Microsoft of trying “to break the way the open web works in an effort to undercut a rival,” in a scathing attack. This is shocking because both companies literally just collaborated on chromium-browser code!
Google believes Microsoft is trying to sabotage its efforts to support journalism and publishers. Google had threatened to remove its search engine from Australia; in response to a law that would force Google to pay news publishers for their content in January 2021.
Australia then passed the law in February. But not before Google had cut a deal with News Corp. and other publishers to ensure its services continue to be available in the country.
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Facebook, on its part, removed the ability for users and publishers to share news content in the country, earning concessions from the Australian government.
However, Microsoft was very public about its support of the new law, angering Google. It even teamed up with European publishers to call for online platforms to reach deals to pay news outlets for content.
“They are now making self-serving claims and are even willing to break the way the open web works in an effort to undercut a rival,” says Kent Walker, Google’s head of global affairs, in a blog post.
Walker also believes Microsoft is basically creating a distraction from the SolarWinds attacks with its latest move.
“It’s no coincidence that Microsoft’s newfound interest in attacking us comes on the heels of the SolarWinds attack and at a moment when they’ve allowed tens of thousands of their customers … to be actively hacked via major Microsoft vulnerabilities. Microsoft was warned about the vulnerabilities in their system, knew they were being exploited, and are now doing damage control while their customers scramble to pick up the pieces from what has been dubbed the Great Email Robbery. So maybe it’s not surprising to see them dusting off the old diversionary Scroogled playbook,” Walker said.
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