Canadian Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault said on Thursday that his country intends to make social media giant Facebook compensate Canadian news organizations for using their content, much as pending legislation in Australia would do.
Facebook responded to the Australian House of Representatives passing its legislation by blocking Australian users from sharing news content.
“Canada is at the forefront of this battle,” Guilbeault told reporters on Thursday. “We are really among the first group of countries around the world that are doing this.”
Guilbeault said Canada could model its legislation after Australia’s, or perhaps use the somewhat lighter approach adopted by France, which brokered a deal with Google to pay for French media content in late January. He said Canada is “working to see which model would be the most appropriate.”
Guilbeault was not unduly concerned about Facebook’s surprising retaliatory action against Australia, which has stirred up a backlash against the