Google has announced that it will remove news links from press organizations in Canada from its services. This decision comes after the Canadian government implemented a law that requires Google and Meta to pay media organizations for the news they share on their platforms.
After the implementation of Bill C-18 in Canada, which obliges Google and Meta to pay media organizations for the news they share on their platforms, Google, one of the world’s largest search engines, has decided not to publish news links in its services in Canada.
Kent Walker, the President of Global Affairs at Google, announced that following the enforcement of the law aimed at compensating media organizations, news links will be removed from search, research, and discovery products in Canada.
Walker expressed his disappointment, stating, “We are disappointed that it has come to this point. We do not take this decision or its impacts lightly. We believe it is important to be as transparent as possible to Canadian publishers and our users.”
Kent Walker further explained, “The unprecedented so-called ‘link tax’ that puts a price on links creates uncertainty for our products and exposes us to limitless financial obligations by facilitating access to news from Canadian publishers for Canadians.”
The Canadian government imposed the obligation on Google and Meta to pay media organizations for the news they share on their platforms through the C-18 Online News Act.
The law was approved in the Canadian Federal Parliament and subsequently received approval in the Canadian Senate on June 22, 2023.
Following the approval of the Governor General of Canada, the law will come into effect in the coming days.