Microsoft is reportedly in talks with Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp to pay the media company to remove its news websites from Google. According to the Financial Times, Microsoft is talking to other publishers to get them to remove themselves from Google too.
The move would see the publisher being paid revenues by Microsoft’s search engine Bing if it “de-indexes” its news content from arch-rival Google. The plan puts pressure on search juggernaut Google to start paying for content, the FT said.
“This is all about Microsoft hurting Google’s margin,” an unnamed source was quoted as saying.
Murdoch has already announced plans to make readers pay to read his newspapers online.
Google has said in response that news organisations were free to opt out of being indexed by the search engine.