19 Feb 2021

Canada vows to follow Australia in making Facebook pay for news content

Social Affairs Editor and Presenter

Canada is following Australia in trying to rein in the power of tech giant Facebook.

It all began when Australia proposed a law to make platforms like Facebook and Google pay when they publish news content.

Google paid up, but Facebook instead has blocked news from reaching its Australian users.

That, however, hasn’t put Canada off taking action too.

We spoke to Matt Perault, a former director of public policy at Facebook, and began by asking him what he made of facebook’s move in Australia.