Google will block Canadian news content because of a new law called the Online News Act. The law says big tech companies like Google and Meta’s Facebook must make agreements with Canadian news providers. Meta has already said it will limit news for Canadian users. The law starts in six months. This is like what happened in Australia. Two years ago, Meta stopped Australians from briefly sharing news. Lawmakers changed the law because of that. After the changes, Google and Meta made over 30 agreements with Australian media companies. Google criticized the Canadian law, saying it’s “unworkable” and suggesting changes.

The government thinks the law is fair for news outlets and helps make the digital news market fair. We don’t know how Google blocking Canadian news will affect things. Google wants to be part of the rules and be clear about what it does. News Media Canada is hopeful about finding a fair solution and wants everyone to take part.