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Google Calls Study Alleging It Scrapes Billions From News Publishers’ Content ‘Inaccurate’

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The Daily Caller
June 11, 2019

Google allegedly received several billion dollars in revenue in 2018 from scraping news publishers’ content without paying the publisher for that usage, according to a study published Monday, but the company hit back, calling its calculations “inaccurate.”

The Silicon Valley company increasingly relies on published news to drive consumer engagement with its products, the News Media Alliance noted in a study. There is between 16% and 40% of news in Google search results, the researchers noted.

“News publishers need to continue to invest in quality journalism, and they can’t do that if the platforms take what they want without paying for it. Information wants to be free, but reporters need to get paid,” News Media Alliance President & CEO David Chavern said in a press release attached to the study.

Google dismissed the study.

“These back of the envelope calculations are inaccurate as a number of experts are pointing out. The overwhelming number of news queries do not show ads. Every month Google News and Google Search drives over 10 billion clicks to publishers’ websites, which drive subscriptions and significant ad revenue,” a company representative told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

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This article was posted: Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 5:06 am

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