(Reuters) – the Alphabet Inc, and Google has been in talks with publishers to pay a licensing fee for the content that is to be packaged in a premium, product news, and the Wall Street Journal reported here, citing people familiar with the matter.
A source close to Google confirmed that the talks are still at an early stage, and that there is nothing to announce right now.
“We are in talks with partners to look at ways to expand our current work with publishers, building on the programmes such as Google News Initiative,” Richard Gingras, the vice-president of News at Google, said in a statement on Friday.
The tech giant Google launched a News Initiative in 2018, as a way to weed out the fake news during breaking news situations.
Most of the manufacturers in talks with Google to be located outside of the United States of america, including those in France and Europe, the Journal reported.
Reporting by Supantha Mukherjee and Akanksha Rana, Bengaluru; Editing by Anil D’silva