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As a result of a new law, Google joins Meta in removing links to Canadian news sources


<p>When a legislation mandating internet firms to pay news publishers goes into force in Canada, Google will delete connections to Canadian news from search results and other products, the Alphabet-owned business said on Thursday.</p>
<p>Following the passage of Bill C-18, often known as the Online News Act, last week, Google has joined Facebook-owner Meta Platforms Inc in announcing the termination of news access for Canadian users of its platforms.</p>
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<p>Since platforms do not immediately have any duties under the act, according to Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez, who proposed the law last year, the government is willing to cooperate with them on the regulation and implementation process.</p>
<p>The Canadian media sector has demanded more regulation of digital firms to stop them from driving news organizations out of the internet advertising market.</p>
<p>Google wrote in a blog post: “We have now told the government that, regrettably, we will have to remove connections to Canadian news from our Search, News, and Discover products in Canada when the legislation takes effect.</p>
<p>We don’t take this choice or its implications lightly, and we think it’s critical to be upfront with Canadian publishers and our users as soon as possible.</p>
<p>According to the regulation, platforms like Facebook and Google must establish business arrangements and compensate news publishers for their material, emulating a ground-breaking Australian law that was approved in 2021.</p>
<p>The plans, according to American technology corporations, are not viable for their industries. Google has said that the legislation in Canada is more expansive than those in Australia and Europe because it charges for links to news stories that are featured in search results and because it may apply to media entities that do not generate news.</p>
<p>The search engine behemoth had suggested that the law be changed to stipulate that only companies who generate news and uphold journalistic standards are eligible and to make the showing of news content, rather than links, the foundation for funding.</p>
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