Meta closes Canadian FB and Instagram news

Meta has decided to block access to news content for social media users under its auspices, Facebook and Instagram, after the Canadian Senate approved the Online News Act bill on Thursday (22/ 6).

“We confirm that news availability will end on Facebook and Instagram for our users in Canada before the Online News Act (Bill C-18) comes into force,” Meta wrote in a post. ‘announcement cited by Tech Crunch, Saturday (24/6).

“We have repeatedly said that to comply with Bill C-18, content from media outlets, including publishers and news broadcasters, will no longer be available to users accessing our platform in Canada,” he added.

The Online News Act requires news and social media platforms such as Google and Facebook to negotiate commercial deals and pay news publishers for their content.

Once the Online Information Act has been approved by the Senate, approval of the Act will be sought from the Governor General as a final step for ratification.

Meta has expressed opposition to the Online News Act since the law was first submitted to the Senate in 2021. Last year, Meta threatened to block news content in Canada unless the Senate does not amend the controversial bill.

Meta’s attitude became even more serious when the Mark Zuckerberg-led company tested limiting access to information to some of its social media users in Canada.

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Hector Montgomery

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