Aug 21, 2023

By Christine Ross

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Canadians are being asked to stop posting on Facebook and Instagram for two days this week in a show of defiance against the tech giant.

Parent company Meta has pulled news from Canadian publishers from its platforms in response to the federal government’s Online News Act.

Speaking from Prince Edward Island during a cabinet retreat, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called it the wrong move. He blasted the social media giant over its decision to block local news as wildfires continue to force thousands of Canadians from their homes.

“Facebook is putting corporate profits against people’s safety, ahead of supporting quality local journalism and this is not the time for that, this is the time for Canadians to pull together and be there for each other and it’s time for us to expect more from corporations like Facebook that are making billions of dollars off of Canadians.”

Facebook responded by saying people can still access information from government sites

The Friends of Canadian Broadcasting say a two-day boycott Wednesday August 23 and Thursday August 24 will show META that Canadians won’t be pushed around.

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