Jun 23, 2023

Facebook and Instagram to restrict news access in Canada

Meta has said it will begin to restrict news on its platforms to Canadian consumers after parliament passed a controversial online news bill. Canada's Online News Act, which cleared the senate on Thursday, lays out rules requiring platforms like Meta and Google to negotiate commercial deals and pay news organisations for their content. On Thursday, it said news availability will be ended on Facebook and Instagram for all users in Canada - before the bill takes effect. The federal government says the online news bill is necessary "To enhance fairness in the Canadian digital news market" and to allow struggling news organisations to "Secure fair compensation" for news and links shared on the platforms. In Australia, Facebook restored news content to its users after talks with the government led to amendments.

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