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Facebook warns it may block news content over Canada’s revenue-sharing bill

The law is under consideration in a parliamentary committee.

Ottawa:

Facebook warned Friday that it could block news content from being shared on its platform in Canada, over concerns about legislation that would force the digital platform to pay news publishers.

The Online News Act, introduced in April, sets rules to force platforms such as Meta’s Facebook and Alphabet’s Google to negotiate commercial deals and force news publishers to pay for their content, passed in Australia last year. Like an important law.

The law is under consideration in a parliamentary committee, to which the US social media company said it has not been invited to share its concerns.

Mark Dinsdale, Head of Media Partnerships at Meta Canada, said in a blog post, “We believe the Online News Act misrepresents the relationship between platforms and news publishers, and we call on the government to review its approach. We do.”

Dinsdale wrote, “In the face of adversarial legislation based on misperceptions that disregards the logic of Facebook’s operations, we believe it is important to be transparent about the possibility that we are allowed to share news content in Canada.” may be forced to reconsider.”

Canadian Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez, who introduced the bill, said in a statement on Friday that the government was continuing “constructive dialogue” with Facebook.

“We are asking tech giants like Facebook to negotiate fair deals with news outlets if they benefit from their work,” Rodriguez said in an emailed statement.

The law proposes that digital platforms that have a “bargain imbalance” with news businesses – as measured by metrics such as a firm’s global revenue – must make fair deals that will then be assessed by a regulator.

Dinsdale said the news content was not attractive to Facebook users and did not generate significant revenue for the company.

When Australia, which led global efforts to rein in tech firms’ powers, proposed legislation forcing them to pay local media for news content, Google called for the shutdown of its Australian search engine. threatened, while Facebook cut all third-party content from Australian accounts. more than a week.

The two eventually struck deals with Australian media companies after offering a series of amendments to the law.

(Except for the title, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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