Meta will block news access to Canada

Meta has decided to restrict news publishers to publish their news on its platforms Facebook and Instagram after a controversial news bill was passed by the Canadian parliament.

The bill forces big platforms to compensate news publishers for publishing content on their platforms.

Google and Meta both are testing to limit access to news articles for some Canadians.

In 2021 the Australian government passed the same kind of law and in response to it, Facebook blocked Australian users from sharing news content.

Canada’s Online news act which cleared on Thursday has laid out rules which required platforms like Meta and Google to negotiate commercial deals with the publishers and pay them for their content.

Meta stated that the law is fundamentally flawed legislation that denies the way our platforms work.

On Thursday Meta said that it will stop news availability on its platform Facebook and Instagram before the bill takes effect.

A Meta spokesperson told Reuters that “A legislative framework that compels us to pay for links or content that we do not post, and which are not the reason the vast majority of people use our platforms, is neither sustainable nor workable”.

Meta says that changes to restrict news articles will not affect the rest of the services for Canadian users.

Google called this bill unworkable in its current state and said they are trying to seek other ways to work with the government to find a path to work forward.

The Canadian federal government says that it is necessary to enhance fairness in sharing news articles produced by struggling news organizations to get a fair judgment of their effort to share content on social platforms.

An estimated C$329m ($250m; £196m) per year is the approximate revenue that can be generated by a single digital platform.

Canadian Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez, earlier this month, told the tests run by the tech giants are unacceptable and kind of a threat.

In Australia Facebook restored its services after talking with the government.

The new bill passed is now celebrated within the media industry group towards achieving fairness in the market.

Paul Deegan, president and chief executive officer of News Media Canada said in a statement that “Real journalism, created by real journalists, continues to be demanded by Canadians and is vital to our democracy, but it costs real money,”. (source: BBC)

The effect of This new bill is expected to take effect in Canada within 6 months.

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