Jul 5, 2023

Canada stops advertising with Facebook and Instagram in news row

Canada's federal government has said it will pull all its advertising from Facebook and Instagram. It follows parent company Meta's move to restrict news content for Canadians after parliament passed a law that will force tech firms to pay media for news. Google has also announced plans to block Canadian news in the country in response to the Online News Act - also known as Bill C-18 - when it takes effect in about six months. The federal government says the bill is necessary to allow struggling news organisations to "Secure fair compensation" for news and links shared on the tech platforms. On Instagram, some users have reported seeing a message that reads "In response to Canadian government legislation, news content can't be viewed in Canada" when trying to view news content.

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