Canadian Publishing Industry News
18 May 2022,     TORONTO
Google doesn’t like Bill C-18
Google has reacted to the federal government’s proposed Bill C-18 — the Online News Act — with claims that “the bill will actually hurt Canada’s news industry and Canadian’s ability to safely find and share news online.” The comments were made in a blog post on Google’s website.

            The company criticized the bill for using an extremely broad definition of eligible news businesses, saying any blog would effectively be eligible for subsidies, as would foreign state-owned outlets that promote misinformation.

            Google charges the bill would introduce a “link tax” and require it to pay publishers simply for being shown in searches. This tax “fundamentally breaks the way search (and the internet) have always worked,” says the blog.

            Google also claims the act would give CRTC unprecedented and sweeping new powers to regulate every aspect of the Canadian news industry.

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