France: Google removes news previews

The move means it won't be paying publishers for search results.

Google has announced that it will only show stripped back results for news so that it can avoid paying publishers.

This is response to the EU’s copyright law which aims to make large platforms like Google liable for the content uploaded to their sites. News aggregators must pay for snippets that go beyond "individual words or very short extracts," according to the law.

Publishers there say Google is profiting at their expense by showing portions of content for free, causing them to lose millions of Euros per year.

France was among the EU nations that pushed strongly for new rules and is the first country to implement them.

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