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Updated: Google, Meta Soon to Pull Plug On News for Canadian Users As Bill C-18 Passes

This comes in response to Canada’s Online News Act which requires tech companies like Meta to pay Canadian publishers for the news content shared on their platforms.

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Update, 30/6/2023 at 11:45 am: Google announced yesterday that it will be removing links to Canadian news from its Search, News, and Discover products once Canada's Bill C-18 comes into effect. Google will no longer operate Google News Showcase in the country either. In a blog post, Google and Alphabet's President of Global Affairs Kent Walker said: "The Government of Canada has enacted a new law called Bill C-18 (the Online News Act), requiring two companies to pay for simply showing links to news, something that everyone else does for free. The unprecedented decision to put a price on links (a so-called “link tax”) creates uncertainty for our products and exposes us to uncapped financial liability simply for facilitating Canadians’ access to news from Canadian publishers. We have been saying for over a year that this is the wrong approach to supporting journalism in Canada and may result in significant changes to our products....We plan to participate in the regulatory process and will continue to be transparent with Canadians and publishers as we move forward. We hope that the Government will be able to outline a viable path forward. Otherwise, we remain concerned that Bill C-18 will make it harder for Canadians to find news online, make it harder for journalists to reach their audiences, and reduce valuable free web traffic to Canadian publishers." Original story, published on 26/6/23 at 2:35 pm: Millions of Facebook and Instagram users in Canada will soon no longer have access to news on the platforms,…

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