Aug 21, 2023

Canada wildfires: Trudeau criticises Facebook over news ban amid crisis

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has accused Facebook of putting "Profits ahead of people's safety" after it blocked news amid devastating wildfires in the country. Facebook banned news on its platform in response to Canadian law forcing it to share profit with news outlets. Wildfire evacuees have said the ban has impacted their ability to share critical news with each other. The company has blocked news on Facebook and Instagram in Canada since 1 August, after the country's parliament passed an online news bill that requires platforms like Google and Meta to negotiate deals with news publishers for content. Delaney Poitras, who has had to evacuate twice in recent weeks from her home in Fort Smith, told the CBC that she has not been able to share things like news conferences from officials or news articles on evacuation updates.

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