“We have made the difficult decision that if this flawed legislation is passed, we will have to end the availability of news content on Facebook and Instagram in Canada,” Nick Clegg, Meta’s president of global affairs, said Monday in a statement. communicated.
Clegg described Canada’s proposed online news law as “fundamentally flawed”, saying Canada would become the “first democracy to put a price on free links to global standards”.
The former British deputy prime minister was due to speak about the bill before a committee of Canada’s House of Commons on Monday. But he canceled after the title of the session was changed to “Current and continued use of intimidation and subversion tactics by tech giants to evade regulation in Canada and around the world.” Canadian legislation, known as Bill C-18, has been proposed to establish a system of “equitable revenue sharing” between digital platforms and media outlets and allow for collective bargaining by media outlets to negotiate fees with companies like Meta.
Introducing the bill last year, Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez said it sought to address a “market imbalance” as growing numbers of Canadians turn to digital platforms to s ‘inform. Canada is certainly not the first country that Meta has warned about the prospect of removing its content. The company said last year that it would completely remove Facebook and Instagram from Europe due to European Union data regulations.
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