After Royal Assent of Bill C–18, Meta Reaffirms It Will End News Sharing in Canada

Raisa Patel, Toronto Star:

Meta, Facebook and Instagram’s parent company, is making good on its threat to block news sharing on both platforms across Canada in response to Ottawa’s online news bill, which became law late Thursday.

“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,” a blog post from the web giant notes.

As with what happened in Australia, Meta is negotiating. Whether this change will be permanent after C–18 is enforced is worth watching, but it is impressive how much media coverage the company has been able to get by announcing the same thing every couple of months.