Meta to end access of news for Canadians
If Canada’s Online News Act is approved in its current form, Facebook parent company Meta Platforms Inc. announced on Saturday that it would stop making news material available to Canadians on its platforms.
The "Online News Act," also known as House of Commons bill C-18, which was filed in April of last year, outlined regulations that would compel Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Meta to make business agreements and pay news publishers for their content.
The action by Meta comes after Google began experimenting with limited news restriction as a possible response to the measure last month.
Canadian Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez said, “All we’re asking Facebook to do is negotiate fair deals with news outlets when they profit from their work.This is part of a disappointing trend this week that tech giants would rather pull news than pay their fair share.”