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Google has admitted to a trial removing some Australian news results from searches, in a move interpreted by the media industry as a show of force in bargaining with the Australian government.

The Australian government is attempting to impose a new code on internet giants including Google and Facebook that would force them to negotiate a fair payment with news organisations for using their content.

Every year we conduct tens of thousands of experiments in Google Search. We’re currently running a few experiments that will each reach about 1% of Google Search users in Australia to measure the impacts of news businesses and Google Search on each other. In 2018, the value we provided to publishers through referral traffic alone was estimated at $218 million dollars.

These experiments will conclude by early February.

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