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Truce sought in link-tax battle

A group representing Canadian news organizations has called on the federal government to make changes as requested by Google to a new law requiring the tech giant to make payments to news outlets.

The Trudeau government passed a law in June that will require tech platforms that carry links to Canadian news outlets to make payments to those organizations. It is part of an effort to save the news industry, which has failed to find revenue sources to make up for advertising lost to the social media titans.

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Canadian Heritage Minister Pascale St-Onge


Meta faces Canadian watchdog probe

Canada’s antitrust watchdog is investigating Meta’s move to block Canadian news on its platforms. The Competition Bureau confirmed it is doing a “preliminary review” on the same day that a consortium of Canadian news outlets asked it “to use its investigative and prosecutorial tools to protect competition and prohibit Meta from continuing to block Canadians’ access to news content.”
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U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) speaks during a Senate Judiciary Committee on tech sector regualtion


Meta makes good on news blackout threat

Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, has officially started to restrict access to Canadian news outlets on its feeds in Canada. The move is a response to the Online News Act, a federal law requiring tech giants who link to Canadian news to pay domestic publishers. Google is threatening to do the same.
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Annie Gugliotta

Meta delivers blows to Trudeau’s news law

On June 22, the day Canadian PM Justin Trudeau’s government passed a law forcing revenue-sharing on tech giants, Meta announced it was getting ready to block Canada’s news outlets from Facebook and Instagram.

This was merely the latest bad news for a media industry in crisis.

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