Stalled engine: Google turns off search results for Californians looking for local news

With Google in a fight against a piece of California state legislation that aims to pay online publishers, some Californians may hit a wall searching for local news.

Google has blocked access for some residents to news outlets in California to protest the bill, named the California Journalism Preservation Act, which will require the company to pay a fee to link the news outlets’ articles. 

“To be clear, we believe CJPA undermines news in California,” Jaffer Zaidi, Google vice-president of global news partnerships, said in a blog post on Friday. “We don’t take these decisions lightly and want to be transparent with California publishers, lawmakers, and our users. To avoid an outcome where all parties lose and the California news industry is left worse off, we urge lawmakers to take a different approach.”

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