Canadians will no longer be able to share news on Meta‘s platforms as a result of the planned action. This follows the Canadian federal government’s adoption of a new law requiring payment to domestic media organizations for the use of their content on digital platforms.
In a statement, Meta, the company that owns Facebook and Instagram, said, “We have repeatedly shared that in order to comply with Bill C-18, passed today in Parliament, content from news outlets, including news publishers and broadcasters, will no longer be available to people accessing our platforms in Canada.”
The Online News Act is a part of a larger initiative by the Canadian government to control the digital sphere and curtail the authority held by tech monopolies. The government has enacted several laws in addition to this one. It had previously approved legislation requiring streaming services like Netflix to advertise Canadian content to their local subscribers.
Additionally, it is one of numerous suggestions being considered globally to help failing news organizations by mandating social media companies to negotiate with media organisations for compensation for the content that is shared on their networks.
As a result of the internet’s development and the success of organizations like Facebook and Google, the advertising revenue that has long sustained media organizations’ operations has been affected, prompting them to demand that Silicon Valley’s powerhouses share more of their profits with them.
Tech behemoths will be required by Canadian legislation to negotiate fees with media organizations in return for posting or linking to their content. If those negotiations fail, the parties are required to participate in binding arbitration to decide on the appropriate compensation.