Canada’s News Access Prevails: The Trudeau government made a deal with Google last week that will see the tech giant pay about $100 million a year to help Canadian media sites. The deal is part of the Online News Act, a law that says tech companies have to pay the news media. Another important thing is that the fight to control these companies is still going on across borders.
Canada’s News Access Prevails: Averting Google Block Amid US Legislative Developments
Google threatened to take news off of its search engine because of the act, which is based on Australian law. Because it was against the law, Meta, the company that owns Facebook and Instagram, stopped links to Canadian news on both sites. It’s not willing to make a deal right now while Heritage Minister Pascale St-Onge tries to get the company back to the table to talk.
The fuss over the Online News Act is a sign of a bigger problem: the fight over whether or not governments should be able to control big tech companies. This fight is happening in Canada, the US, and all over the world. California is thinking about making a law like the ones in Australia and Canada. The Assembly passed the bill, but the state senate put it on hold until 2024. Sens. Mike Lee and Amy Klobuchar led a group of politicians from both parties who presented a similar bill in the Senate in March. They called it an anti-trust and pro-competition bill. In answer to the US’s push to make rules like those in Australia and Canada, Meta has also said it might pull news.
Tech giants are fighting back against efforts to get them to give money to news outlets. This is part of a larger plan to fight against regulation. But the results in Australia and Canada might make California, the US Congress, and other states want to try something similar. In the coming months, we’ll see if governments can and are willing to keep these big companies in check. All eyes should be on how the California and Congressional bills are doing, as well as Canada’s talks with Meta, because these cases will help determine the future of tech control.