Meta to experiment limiting news access on Facebook and Instagram in Canada

Meta Platforms Inc is looking to limit users and publishers viewing and sharing some news content in Canada.

Meta will begin test to limit Canadians’ access to share news content on its social media websites Facebook and Instagram.

The testing period will run for several weeks. Canadians who enrolled in the tests will be notified if they attempt to share news content.

The test comes in response to Canada’s proposed “Online News Act”. The act would force platforms like Meta and Google parent Alphabet Inc to negotiate commercial deals and pay Canadian news publishers for their content.

Meta had, in March, warned it would end the availability of news content for Canadians on its platforms if the proposed bill was passed in its current form.

Google rolled out similar tests earlier this year blocking news content for some Canadian users as a test run for a potential response to the online news bill.

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