Facebook and Instagram's News Blackout In Canada Starts Today – Slashdot

Starting today, Facebook and Instagram users in Canada will no longer be able to view or share news links or see videos and photos published by publishers and broadcasters. Engadget reports: Meta made the decision in response to Canadian legislators passing the Online News Act. The law requires certain platforms to negotiate revenue-sharing agreements with news organizations. The aim is to address the collapse in advertising revenue that news outlets have struggled with over the last two decades amid the growth of online services.

“News links and content posted by news publishers and broadcasters in Canada will no longer be viewable by people in Canada,” Meta said. “We are identifying news outlets based on legislative definitions and guidance from the Online News Act.” Any content shared by international news organizations won’t be visible on Facebook and Instagram in Canada either.


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