Trudeau blames Meta for ‘not paying their fair share,’ causing Canadian news ban

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On Monday, Justin Trudeau doubled down on his contention that Meta, not his government, was responsible for the fact that Canadians can no longer access news on social media and certain websites.

The prime minister accused the tech giant of “not paying their fair share,” and claimed that its actions, which came about as a direct result of the Liberals’ Bill C-18 , were “bad for democracy.”

“People have questions about whether they’ve lost their home, whether they need to evacuate, about how things are going, and that’s where local news is so important,” Trudeau began, referencing the wildfires that continue to wreak havoc on communities across the country. He praised those working to ensure up-to-date information is available, calling their actions “unbelievably essential to keeping Canadians safe.

Trudeau then turned his attention to the big tech companies who have pulled news from their sites, saying it was “so inconceivable” that a company such as Facebook would “choose to put corporate profits ahead of ensuring local news organizations can get up-to-date information to Canadians” online.

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