Facebook owners block Canadian news, affect Indigenous sources

OTTAWA, Ont.-Meta, the company that owns Facebook and Instagram started blocking Canadian news, including Indigenous groups, on their social media platforms on August 1.

Meta has acknowledged the action as a response to the Online News Act (Bill C-18), which became law on June 22. The law was designed to "level the playing field" between global platforms and Canadian news outlets by requiring tech companies to pay Canadian publishers when sharing the publishers' news content on their platforms.

Indigenous media outlets across the country that serve local audiences say they've been left scrambl...

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