Facebook and Instagram users in Canada cannot share news on these two platforms. Meta, the company that owns the two social media, said that the Canadian government is going to stop the news feature due to the new law.
In addition to Facebook and Instagram, the new law will also apply to Google’s platforms.
The Canadian government is going to legislate that because the content of the media is shared on Facebook and Instagram, these news organizations will have to pay the price.
The law named ‘Online News Act’ was passed in the upper house of the Senate on Thursday. Just awaiting royal approval. Earlier, Australia passed a similar law in 2021.
The country took the initiative to enact this law following complaints from the Canadian media. Media outlets claim that social networking sites using their content are doing business, while creating news that they cannot profit in any way.
Meta said, “Today we are confirming that from the day the Online News Act comes into effect in Canada, Facebook and Instagram will no longer be able to view news.”