New law in Canada pushes Meta to block all news stories on Facebook, Instagram

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Meta said it will block access to news articles for all Facebook and Instagram users in Canada after the country passed a new law, the Online News Act, which would force internet companies to pay news publishers for their content.اضافة اعلان

After months of protest from Meta, Canada followed the lead of Australia and passed its Online News Act in parliament Thursday, enacting legislation that will require platforms like Meta and Google parent company Alphabet to negotiate compensation deals with news publishers if the platforms want to post or link to their work, reported Forbes.

Meta said in a statement the bill was “fundamentally flawed legislation,” and that it was making the move to block content from publishers and broadcasters in order to comply with the bill.

Meta has not said whether it will reconsider allowing news in the future; when a similar law was passed in Australia in 2021, the company initially said it would block news stories before later reaching agreements with publishers.

Under the new law, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission would be responsible for mediation if publishers and platforms cannot reach an agreement.

Meta’s move to block news articles for Instagram and Facebook users in Canada does not come as a surprise. Before the bill passed, Meta and Google both said they would eliminate access to news content in Canada if it went through. 

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