Rupert Murdoch plans to block Google

rupert-murdoch-thumb-280x361-2412-thumb-280x361-2413Rupert Murdoch – the man behind Fox News and The Wall Street Journal – plans to block Google from displaying News Corp.’s content.

Murdoch told Sky News that his publishers will remove their content from Google’s search index, and start charging readers to view stories on their websites.

“What’s the point of having someone come occasionally who likes the headline they see in Google?  Sure we can go out and say, ‘Hey we got so many millions of visitors…’ The fact is, there’s not enough advertising in the world to go around to make all the websites profitable.  We’d rather have fewer people coming to our website, but paying,” Murdoch told Sky News.

“The people who simply just pick up everything and run with it – steal our stories, we say they steal our stories – they just take them.  That’s Google, that’s Microsoft, that’s, a whole lot of people … they shouldn’t have had it free all the time, and I think we’ve been asleep.”

A Google spokesperson said removing News Corp.’s content from Google’s search index would be a simple procedure.

“Publishers put their content on the web because they want it to be found, so very few choose not to include their material in Google News and web search,” she said.  “But if they tell us not to include it, we don’t.”

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