Meta Platforms initiated the process of blocking access to news on both Facebook and Instagram for all users in Canada, citing its response to a recently passed law that mandates internet giants to pay news publishers for their content.
The Canadian government swiftly condemned this move, labeling it “irresponsible” and drawing international attention to the unfolding situation.
The Online News Act, passed by the Canadian parliament, requires major platforms like Meta and Google’s parent company, Alphabet, to engage in commercial negotiations with Canadian news publishers for the use of their content. Rachel Curran, Meta’s head of public policy in Canada, defended the decision, stating that users of their platforms primarily seek entertainment content rather than news.
Canadian Heritage Minister Pascale St-Onge, responsible for handling the government’s interactions with Meta, expressed dissatisfaction with the company’s stance, accusing them of prioritizing their interests over supporting quality local news. She emphasized the government’s commitment to standing firm against tech giants in order to safeguard Canadian interests.
CBC, Canada’s public broadcast network, echoed the government’s sentiment, denouncing Meta’s action as an abuse of market power. The Canadian law follows in the footsteps of Australia’s groundbreaking legislation in 2021, which led to Google and Facebook threatening service curtailment but ultimately resulted in agreements with Australian media companies after amendments were made to the legislation.
While Google has argued that the Canadian law is broader than those implemented in Australia and Europe, as it places a value on news story links displayed in search results, Meta has claimed that news links constitute less than 3% of content on users’ feeds and, therefore, lack significant economic value.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau previously dismissed this argument, considering it detrimental to democracy and the economy. The situation remains tense as the Canadian government continues to defend its law, highlighting the ongoing global trend of holding tech companies accountable for their use of news content.
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YouTuber Trevor Jacob behind bars for plane crash stunt
YouTuber Trevor Jacob has been sentenced to jail after orchestrating a dangerous stunt involving a plane crash in a reckless bid for views.
The shocking incident unfolded as Jacob attempted to push the boundaries of extreme content creation on his YouTube channel.
In a bid to capture the attention of his audience, Jacob embarked on a perilous mission, piloting a small plane before deliberately crashing it. The stunt, which was filmed and uploaded to his channel, garnered immediate backlash from viewers, many of whom decried the reckless behavior as dangerous and irresponsible.
Authorities swiftly intervened, launching an investigation into Jacob’s actions. Following the investigation, he was arrested and subsequently sentenced to a prison term.
The incident has raised important questions about the ethics of content creation, the pursuit of internet fame, and the potential legal consequences for those who prioritize views over safety.
Russian women want their men back from Ukraine
In a heartfelt plea, Russian women have taken to the streets demanding the safe return of their loved ones from the Ukrainian front.
The conflict in Ukraine has stretched on for years, and the toll on families has been immense. Mothers, wives, sisters, and daughters are uniting to call for an end to the fighting and the return of their men.
The women, often referred to as the “mothers of the front,” are growing increasingly frustrated with the ongoing conflict. They argue that their husbands, sons, and brothers have been away for far too long, and the human cost of the war is simply too high.
With no clear resolution in sight, their calls for peace and reconciliation are becoming more urgent.
This grassroots movement has sparked a national conversation in Russia, with many questioning the government’s handling of the conflict.
While the official stance has been to support the separatist forces in Ukraine, these women are highlighting the personal tragedies and broken families left in the wake of the war. Their determination to bring their loved ones home is palpable.
The situation raises important questions about the impact of long-term conflicts on families, the role of women in peace movements, the government’s response to public sentiment, and the prospects for a peaceful resolution in the ongoing Ukraine conflict.
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