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Microsoft chief slams Google for its 'monopoly' over search engines and for 'devouring advertising revenue', during government antitrust hearing 

Google faces bipartisan complaints - and journalistic ire - over its role in gutting the media industry's advertisement revenue Microsoft, meanwhile, faces scrutiny for its role in back-to-back cybersecurity breaches Microsoft President Brad Smith said that media organizations are being forced to 'use Google's tools, operate on Google's ad exchanges, contribute data to Google's operations, and pay Google money' In a blog post, Google argued that Microsoft was trying to divert attention from a potentially devastating attack on Exchange emails servers by hackers 

By Dailymail.com Reporter

Published: 17:25 GMT, 12 March 2021 | Updated: 22:21 GMT, 13 March 2021

Microsoft chief Brad Smith has criticized Google's 'monopoly' over search engines at a a Congressional antitrust hearing. 

On Friday, Smith addressed lawmakers about Google's role in gutting the media industry's advertisement revenue.

He told the House Judiciary antitrust subcommittee media organizations are being forced to 'use Google's tools, operate on Google's ad exchanges, contribute data to Google's operations, and pay Google money,' according to excerpts of his testimony published by Axios. 

Smith lauded the role news organizations play in defending democracy and contended that the 'internet gutted the already ailing local news business by devouring advertising revenue and luring away paid subscribers.' 

Google has since hit back back at Microsoft, accusing it of trying to 'divert' attention over its high profile hacks on Exchange emails.

Addressing lawmakers on Friday at a House Judiciary antitrust subcommittee on news, Microsoft President Brad Smith was due to fire a shot at Google, telling representatives that media organizations are being forced to 'use Google's tools, operate on Google's ad exchanges, contribute data to Google's operations, and pay Google money,

The comments came amid a heated battle of words over efforts in Australia and elsewhere to require digital services to negotiate payments for news content.

Google and Facebook have resisted mandatory payments, while Microsoft has taken a more collaborative stance.

Tensions between Microsoft Corp and Alphabet-owned Google have been simmering for a while but the rivalry has become unusually public in recent days as executives from both firms have been put on the defensive over competing crises.

In Microsoft's case, they suffered two high profile hacks in a short period of time. In the first hack on Microsoft, the same allegedly Russian hackers who compromised the Texas software firm SolarWinds Corp reportedly took advantage of Microsoft's cloud software to break into some of the company's clients. 

In a second cyber attack, disclosed on March 2, allegedly Chinese hackers abused previously unknown vulnerabilities to vacuum up emails from Microsoft customers around the world. 

Google on Friday took aim at Microsoft, accusing its technology rival of 'distraction' for siding with governments seeking to force tech platforms to pay media organizations for news content

In his letter, Smith lauded the role news organizations play in defending democracy and contended that the 'internet gutted the already ailing local news business by devouring advertising revenue and luring away paid subscribers'

Google senior vice president of global affairs Kent Walker took more shots at the company's rival in a blog post, saying of Microsoft: 'They are now making self-serving claims and are even willing to break the way the open web works in an effort to undercut a rival'

Google senior vice president of global affairs Kent Walker took more shots at the company's rival in a blog post, saying of Microsoft: 'They are now making self-serving claims and are even willing to break the way the open web works in an effort to undercut a rival.'

Walker added, 'This important debate should be about the substance of the issue, and not derailed by naked corporate opportunism.'

Microsoft has lobbied for other countries to follow Australia's lead in calling for news outlets to be paid for stories published online, a move opposed by Facebook and Google.

'News today is part of the technology ecosystem, and all of us who participate in this ecosystem have both an opportunity and responsibility to help journalism flourish,' Smith said.

Backers of Google and Facebook have claimed that mandatory payments for news links would fundamentally change the way the internet works and ultimately be detrimental to free online services. 

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