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“Bill C-18 is a test case of the power of platforms like Google and Meta to run and control Canada’s communications infrastructures. While the agreement allows all sides to claim victory, it is clear that Google successfully extracted key concessions over how it is regulated in Canada.”
“You need Google to stay in this. Otherwise, it devastates the entire industry.”
Independent outlets explain how traffic and engagement have plummeted overnight after Meta blocked news from its platforms.
The changes “will be implemented for all people accessing Facebook and Instagram in Canada over the course of the next few weeks,” with news outlets identified “based on legislative definitions and guidance from the Online News Act.”
“There are other big questions hanging over the program, like whether it has actually helped stave off the collapse of newsrooms.”
“Our interviews showed that platforms were able to push for individual deals that aligned with their own business priorities.”
“This explains everything about my failed Google searches this week,” one Globe and Mail journalist tweeted.
The Investigative Journalism Foundation hopes to follow the money — and leave the door wide open for other journalists.
The potential here is for democratic governments to evolve their digital policy models based on each other’s experiences.
Data from the tax credit’s first year is now available. The effect has been muted.