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Google, Meta, and Their Threat to Canadian News

Google, Meta, and Their Threat to Canadian News

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.

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News Erased by Google and Facebook? They Vow to Do It

News Erased by Google and Facebook? They Vow to Do It

A new law has triggered a showdown. At stake is the future of Canadian journalism and informed citizens.

Jeanette Ageson / 23 Jun 2023


Well, Meta Went and Blocked The Tyee. That’s a Big Deal

Well, Meta Went and Blocked The Tyee. That’s a Big Deal

We posted (as usual) on Instagram and Threads and got told to pound sand. What this means for journalism, democracy, and you.

David Beers / 12 Jul 2023


Meta Blocked Us, But You’re Still Sharing Our Journalism. Thanks!

Meta Blocked Us, But You’re Still Sharing Our Journalism. Thanks!

The Tyee’s team can’t post our journalism on Instagram. But you told us you can.

Sarah Krichel / 14 Jul 2023


Staring Down Meta and Google: Newsrooms Weigh the Threats

Staring Down Meta and Google: Newsrooms Weigh the Threats

A report from the trenches on the Online News Act and what a backlash ban on Canadian news could mean.

Sarah Krichel / 27 Jul 2023


This Is Not a Drill: Meta’s Ban on Canadian News Ramps Up

This Is Not a Drill: Meta’s Ban on Canadian News Ramps Up

Zuckerberg is going full steam ahead on his Canadian news block. This week's updates on C-18.

Sarah Krichel / 3 Aug 2023


Who Needs Meta or Google for News? Use ‘Really Simple Syndication’

Who Needs Meta or Google for News? Use ‘Really Simple Syndication’

RSS is a universal, open, algorithm-free news feed you can have for free. Silicon Valley giants treat it like a secret.

Bryan Carney / 8 Aug 2023


Facebook News Ban Is Risking Lives in Wildfires, Say Eby and Trudeau

Facebook News Ban Is Risking Lives in Wildfires, Say Eby and Trudeau

Meta urged to lift restrictions to allow people to share reporting during crisis.

Andrew MacLeod / 23 Aug 2023


TikTok’s Awkward Dance with Canadian Journalism

TikTok’s Awkward Dance with Canadian Journalism

News outlets seek new platforms after Meta’s ban. But TikTok’s dynamic appeal comes with drawbacks.

Sarah Krichel / 11 Oct 2023


The Online News Act Is in Force. How We Got Here, What’s Next

The Online News Act Is in Force. How We Got Here, What’s Next

After the fight to get Google and Meta to chip in for Canadian journalism, results are mixed.

Sarah Krichel / 19 Dec 2023


Incredibly Creative Ways Tyee Readers Share Our Stories

Incredibly Creative Ways Tyee Readers Share Our Stories

Zuckerberg’s doing all he can to block us from Instagram or Facebook. But smart folks invented hacks.

Christopher Cheung and Sarah Krichel / 3 Jan 2024


Blame News Layoffs on the Feds’ Fumbled ‘Pot of Gold’

Blame News Layoffs on the Feds’ Fumbled ‘Pot of Gold’

Media policy expert Michael Geist on the ‘disastrous’ Online News Act, the Zucking of Canada, self-serving spin and more. A Tyee interview.

Sarah Krichel / 21 Feb 2024


Google Called the Shots. It Chose Indie Media

Google Called the Shots. It Chose Indie Media

The tech juggernaut opted for small news outlets to roll out its $100-million Online News Act deal. What does it mean for legacy media?

Sarah Krichel / 27 Jun 2024