Opinion

Furphy meets stoush: Google, Facebook and Aussie publishers

Peter Bale
Fri, 05 Feb 2021

Rupert Murdoch
Peter Bale
Fri, 05 Feb 2021
If you Google the word “furphy”* you get an Oxford Languages definition that describes it as an informal Australian noun for “a rumour or story, especially one that is untrue or absurd”.Google has warned it might pull out of Australia, partly because the Liberal government and the competition authorities appear to have swallowed what are arguably furphies from Australian publishers that Google and Facebook are being mean to them and it's just not fair.It’s become quite a stoush.Despite their readiness to condem...

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