Canadian Publishing Industry News
6 April 2021,     OTTAWA
Facebook won't pay news publishers in Canada
 
 
Facebook Canada has ruled out applying Australia’s model of paying news publishers for content links on its platform. The social media behemoth, however, has not ruled out banning Canadians from sharing news on its platform, which is what it did in Australia before it reached a financial agreement to compensate news publishers.

 

Canadian Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault is drafting a law to ensure just that – compensation for news creators in the Australian vein.

 

Meanwhile, it seems that a majority of Canadians support such a legislative move. Earlier this year, a poll conducted by Leger Opinion for News Media Canada, found that 82% of Canadians believe it’s time to force social media giants to pay news publishers for their content. As well, 70% of Canadians also believe Google and Facebook have become too powerful, according to the poll.

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