Meta begins blocking news on Facebook, Instagram in Canada

August 2, 2023

Meta, the company formerly known as Facebook, has started blocking news content on its platforms, including Facebook and Instagram, in Canada. This action is in response to a new law in Canada that directs Big Tech companies to pay media outlets for news content used on their platforms.

Does this move hurt access to news, or revive local media? Was it the right move for government to make?

Here’s two articles you MUST read on this topic:

Meta to pull news content from Facebook, Instagram for Canadian users after parliament passes Online News Act

Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, will remove news content for its Canadian users after a new law in Canada requires the company to pay media outlets for articles shared on the platforms.

Meta starts blocking news in Canada

Meta on Tuesday started blocking Canadians’ access to news on Facebook and Instagram in response to a new law requiring digital giants to pay publishers for such content. Google, another critic of the Online News Act, has said it is considering a similar move.

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