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Canada Joins Australia’s Anti-Facebook Crusade, Vows to Make Social Media Pay For News

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Ottawa has joined Canberra in its anti-Facebook crusade as the country has vowed to make the social media giant pay for news content. Canadian Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault, who is in charge of legislation that will curb the tech giant’s monopoly, said Ottawa won’t back down if Facebook adopts a tough stance like it did with Australia.

“Canada is at the forefront of this battle … we are really among the first group of countries around the world that are doing this”, Steven Guilbeault told reporters.

He emphasised that more countries will adopt similar rules regarding news appearing on Facebook, noting that the company’s approach would at some point become “totally unsustainable”. Guilbeault said he had held negotiations with his counterparts in Australia, Finland, France, and Germany. The minister noted that up to 15 countries may join the anti-Facebook battle.

Full story: sputniknews.com

By Max Gorbachev
Sputnik International


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