Saturday 30 September 2023

Google and Meta will have to cough up some cash to Canadian media outlets, due to a bill that’s about to be signed into law

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Q24N (AP) On Thursday, Canada’s Senate passed a bill that will make Google and Meta (Facebook, Instagram) pay media outlets when they use news content on their platforms.

Justin Trudeau’s government and Silicon Valley tech giants have been having a stand-off over this and Canada is creating a level playing field for online advertising companies and the shrinking news industry.

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The minister of Canadian Heritage, Pablo Rodriguez, is pushing back against what he calls ‘threats’ from Facebook and Google to take away journalism from their sites. Meta announced that they’ll comply with the bill by taking away news from Canadian users on Facebook and Instagram. They didn’t say when it will happen but it will happen before the Online News Act goes into effect in six months.

Lisa Laventure, the head of communications for Meta in Canada, said that in order to follow the Bill C-18 that was just passed in Parliament, news outlets like news publishers and broadcasters will not be available to people in Canada who access their websites.

People in the legacy media and broadcasting industry are happy about the new bill, since it will create a more fair digital news marketplace and bring in more revenue for newsrooms that are struggling.
Meta and Google have been getting a lot of flak for taking over the advertising industry and overpowering the smaller, traditional players.
Meta, based in Menlo Park, California, has done similar things in the past. This year, they briefly blocked news from its platform in Australia after the country passed a law that would make tech companies pay publishers for using their news stories. After that, they made deals with Australian publishers.
Laura Scaffidi, a spokesperson for the minister, said Rodriguez was set to have a meeting with Google, which might remove news links from its search engine. Meta is already testing blocking news for up to five percent of its Canadian users, and Google did something similar earlier this year.
The Online News Act requires both of them to come to agreements with news publishers to pay them for news content that appears on their sites if it makes money for the tech giants. Scaffidi said that the tech giants won’t have to follow the act right away after Bill C-18 passes – they will make all the details public before any tech giant is designated under the act.
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