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Meta And Google Threaten to Block News Content



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Meta and Google are threatening to block news content in California.  This comes in response to a proposed state law known as the ‘California Journalism Preservation Act’.  The act is currently under consideration in the Senate.  It would require advertising giants like Meta and Google to pay a fee for news content. 

Publishers would be required to reinvest that money into jobs for journalists.  Meta and Google are already blocking news content in Canada, where voters passed a similar law.  For example, say there’s a wildfire and someone posts an alert from a news outlet on FaceBook or Instagram, an error would pop up saying that article can’t be shared.  State Senate President Pro Tem Mike McGuire co-authored the act.