Canadian Parliament grills Google top executives over news-blocking test
by The Canadian Parvasi
On March 16, Alphabet Inc.’s Google will stop blocking news articles from search results for some Canadian customers, according to a company executive who was summoned before the Canadian parliamentary panel examining the news-blocking tests conducted by the tech giant on Friday.
As a potential response to a Canadian government bill that would require online platforms to compensate Canadian publishers for news material, Google began testing limited news blocking last month.
The bill would enable remuneration to digital content publishers by covering 30% of their costs of creating news content, according to the Parliamentary Budget Officer.
Tech firms like Alphabet Inc. and Meta would be required to negotiate deals with news publishers in order to use news content from said creators.
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