Leading up to the passing of Bill C-18 or the Online News Act, Meta and Google, two companies worth a combined two trillion dollars, threatened to remove all links to Canadian news from their platforms, including Facebook, Instagram and Google’s search engine, if they were made to pay news outlets for links shared as the law provided. Both digital giants experimented with selective bans and vow to carry through when the bill becomes active in December of 2023. This Tyee series is intended to keep readers informed about the legal wrangling and potential effects on Canada’s news ecosystem and democracy.
In This Series
A new law has triggered a showdown. At stake is the future of Canadian journalism and informed citizens.
We posted (as usual) on Instagram and Threads and got told to pound sand. What this means for journalism, democracy, and you.
The Tyee’s team can’t post our journalism on Instagram. But you told us you can.
A report from the trenches on the Online News Act and what a backlash ban on Canadian news could mean.
Zuckerberg is going full steam ahead on his Canadian news block. This week's updates on C-18.
RSS is a universal, open, algorithm-free news feed you can have for free. Silicon Valley giants treat it like a secret.
Meta urged to lift restrictions to allow people to share reporting during crisis.
News outlets seek new platforms after Meta’s ban. But TikTok’s dynamic appeal comes with drawbacks.