Google to scrap local news links in Canada over Online News Act

Google says it will block Canadian news in the country in response to a new law that aims to make tech giants pay Canadian media for news.

Canada’s parliament passed the Online News Act last week, requiring platforms like Google and Meta’s Facebook to negotiate deals with news providers.

Google’s move comes after Meta announced it would also restrict news content for its Canadian users.

The bill is set to take effect in six months.

A similar law in Australia was tweaked. That legislation passed two years ago, but Australian lawmakers made changes after Meta briefly blocked users in the country from sharing or viewing news on its platforms.

The blackout ended when the amendments were made, and Google and Meta have since negotiated more than 30 deals with Australian media companies.


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