Lat week bill C-18 known as the “Online News Act” passed in the House of Commons.
A few weeks ago Justin Trudeau got mad about Meta running some tests on its platforms to analysis its functionality if it were to comply with Bill C-18 if it passed into law.
Justin Trudeau claimed Facebook was denying Canadians access to news on its website and apps despite Meta following the law Justin Trudeau and his “Liberal” government created.
“Today, we are confirming that news availability will be ended on Facebook and Instagram for all users in Canada prior to the Online News Act (Bill C-18) taking effect,” wrote the company in a statement Thursday.
“We have repeatedly shared that in order to comply with Bill C-18, passed today in Parliament, content from news outlets, including news publishers and broadcasters, will no longer be available to people accessing our platforms in Canada”
The Liberals cut debate on Bill C-18 short on Wednesday and with the help of the NDP, Bloc and Green party. On Tuesday it will be receiving royal ascent making it law.
Critics have slammed the government accusing it of a power grab awarding itself with the ability to dictate what is and is not news and if it is credible or not including enabling the weakening of whistleblower protections and exposing journalists anonymous sources.
Bill C-18 “Online News Act” breaks the basic functionality of the internet and the free flow of information. The radical idea is to force big tech, social media and online search platforms that send media companies free traffic via free link advertising to start paying media companies to send them traffic.
The other option is for search engines and social media to stop Canadian IP addresses from viewing news links on their platforms which will save them millions of dollars. A sound and financially logical business decision that follows the law of Bill C-18 is to remove Canadians availability to access news links.