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Minister of Canadian Heritage, Pablo Rodriguez, holds a press conference regarding the introduction of Bill C-18, the Online News Act, on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, April 5, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Feds try to avoid Australian pitfalls in online news bill

Digital platforms like Google and Facebook will soon have to pay for news content

Minister of Canadian Heritage, Pablo Rodriguez, holds a press conference regarding the introduction of Bill C-18, the Online News Act, on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, April 5, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Minister of Canadian Heritage, Pablo Rodriguez, holds a press conference regarding the introduction of Bill C-18, the Online News Act, on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, April 5, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Minister of Canadian Heritage, Pablo Rodriguez, holds a press conference regarding the introduction of Bill C-18, the Online News Act, on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, April 5, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Canadian Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez speaks about the government’s plan to amend the Broadcast Act during a news conference, Wednesday, February 2, 2022 in Ottawa. Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez will introduce legislation today to make digital giants compensate Canadian media outlets for reusing their news content. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Law to help news industry, combat fake news to be tabled today

Law will create framework for media outlets to negotiate compensation deals with online platforms

Canadian Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez speaks about the government’s plan to amend the Broadcast Act during a news conference, Wednesday, February 2, 2022 in Ottawa. Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez will introduce legislation today to make digital giants compensate Canadian media outlets for reusing their news content. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Erin O'Toole poses with a chocolate bar in this undated handout photo. On the morning of Aug. 24, 2020, the Colorado O'Toole woke up to find a whole lot of new Canadian followers. Turns out, the politician O'Toole had just won the Conservative leadership. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Erin O'Toole *MANDATORY CREDIT*

Twitter twins stay on top of Canadian news one misfired tweet at a time

Colorado’s Erin O’Toole shares birthday with her Canadian Twitter twin, the now ex-Conservative Leader

Erin O'Toole poses with a chocolate bar in this undated handout photo. On the morning of Aug. 24, 2020, the Colorado O'Toole woke up to find a whole lot of new Canadian followers. Turns out, the politician O'Toole had just won the Conservative leadership. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Erin O'Toole *MANDATORY CREDIT*
Seen on the screen of a device in Sausalito, Calif., Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg delivers the keynote address during a virtual event on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021. Zuckerberg talked up his latest passion — creating a virtual reality “metaverse” for business, entertainment and meaningful social interactions. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Facebook rebrands as Meta to emphasize ‘metaverse’ vision

Zuckerberg says he expects the metaverse to reach a billion people within the next decade

Seen on the screen of a device in Sausalito, Calif., Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg delivers the keynote address during a virtual event on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021. Zuckerberg talked up his latest passion — creating a virtual reality “metaverse” for business, entertainment and meaningful social interactions. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
NDP Member of Parliament Charlie Angus speaks during a news conference, Monday, October 18, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Facebook whistleblower rekindles questions about cracking down on Facebook in Canada

Canadian politicians and experts grapple with how to regulate Big Tech

NDP Member of Parliament Charlie Angus speaks during a news conference, Monday, October 18, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
NDP Member of Parliament Charlie Angus speaks during a news conference, Monday, October 18, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

NDP calls for independent social media regulator as scrutiny of Facebook heats up

VIDEO: MP says says Facebook seems to ‘drive extremist content and undermine democracy’

NDP Member of Parliament Charlie Angus speaks during a news conference, Monday, October 18, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
The icons of Instagram, Facebook and WhatsApp can be seen on the screen of a smartphone in Kempten, Germany, Monday, Oct. 4, 2021. The six-hour outage of Facebook, Instagram and Whatsapp on Monday was a headache for many casual users. But the outage was far more serious for many people worldwide who rely on the social media sites to communicate with relatives, friends and neighbors and run their businesses. It’s a stark reminder that many of the most popular ways to communicate are controlled by one company, Facebook. And any lengthy outage can have severe implications. (Karl-Josef Hildenbrand/dpa via AP)

Outage highlights how vital Facebook has become worldwide

For small businesses, the outages meant hundreds or thousands of dollars in lost revenue

The icons of Instagram, Facebook and WhatsApp can be seen on the screen of a smartphone in Kempten, Germany, Monday, Oct. 4, 2021. The six-hour outage of Facebook, Instagram and Whatsapp on Monday was a headache for many casual users. But the outage was far more serious for many people worldwide who rely on the social media sites to communicate with relatives, friends and neighbors and run their businesses. It’s a stark reminder that many of the most popular ways to communicate are controlled by one company, Facebook. And any lengthy outage can have severe implications. (Karl-Josef Hildenbrand/dpa via AP)
Facebook says the Federal Trade Commission failed to prove that it has a monopoly in the “personal social networking space”. (Dreamstime/TNS)

Facebook asks court to dismiss FTC antitrust complaint

Facebook is asking a federal court to dismiss a revised complaint against…

Facebook says the Federal Trade Commission failed to prove that it has a monopoly in the “personal social networking space”. (Dreamstime/TNS)
Facebook (Courtesy photo)

Facebook back after lengthy global outage blamed on router issues

The company apologized and said it is working to understand more about the cause

Facebook (Courtesy photo)
People's Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier responds to reporters' questions after launching his campaign during a press conference at a hotel in Saint-Georges, Que., Friday, Aug. 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot

Twitter requires Maxime Bernier to delete tweet sharing reporters’ emails

Bernier called three journalists from mainstream news outlets ‘idiots’

People's Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier responds to reporters' questions after launching his campaign during a press conference at a hotel in Saint-Georges, Que., Friday, Aug. 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot
The Twitter logo is displayed outside the company’s headquarters in San Francisco. (Bloomberg/David Paul Morris)

Nigeria suspends Twitter over president’s deleted tweet

The company deleted a controversial tweet President Muhammadu Buhari made about a secessionist movement

The Twitter logo is displayed outside the company’s headquarters in San Francisco. (Bloomberg/David Paul Morris)
The Twitter Canada office in Toronto is shown in this undated handout photo. Twitter Inc. will be bulking up on Canadian talent this year with a hiring spree meant to add dozens of engineers in the country to its staff. The San Francisco, Calif.-based social media giant said Thursday that it plans to form its first Canadian engineering hub with at least 24 new workers it will soon hire. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Twitter Canada

Twitter to launch engineering hub in Canada with dozens of hires this year

Several of Twitter’s senior hires in the U.S. and other markets have come from Canada

The Twitter Canada office in Toronto is shown in this undated handout photo. Twitter Inc. will be bulking up on Canadian talent this year with a hiring spree meant to add dozens of engineers in the country to its staff. The San Francisco, Calif.-based social media giant said Thursday that it plans to form its first Canadian engineering hub with at least 24 new workers it will soon hire. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Twitter Canada
The icon for the social media app Clubhouse is seen on a smartphone screen in Beijing, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Mark Schiefelbein

Canada’s C-Suite flocks to emerging audio app Clubhouse, but long-term appeal unclear

‘It’s like reimagined talk radio with calls, but we are the producer’

The icon for the social media app Clubhouse is seen on a smartphone screen in Beijing, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Mark Schiefelbein
Instagram Reels is displayed on a mobile phone on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020 in New York. Facebook’s Instagram is officially launching its answer to the hit short video app TikTok — Instagram Reels. The new Instagram feature will let users record and edit 15-second videos with audio, and will let users add visual effects. Users will be able to share Reels with followers in Instagram in a dedicated section called Reels in Explore, or in the Story feature where posts disappear after 24 hours. (AP Photo/Tali Arbel)

Facebook launches its new TikTok clone, Instagram Reels

Facebook has a long tradition of cloning competitive services

Instagram Reels is displayed on a mobile phone on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020 in New York. Facebook’s Instagram is officially launching its answer to the hit short video app TikTok — Instagram Reels. The new Instagram feature will let users record and edit 15-second videos with audio, and will let users add visual effects. Users will be able to share Reels with followers in Instagram in a dedicated section called Reels in Explore, or in the Story feature where posts disappear after 24 hours. (AP Photo/Tali Arbel)
Average daily user growth on Twitter spiked 34 per cent in the second quarter, in a July 23, 2020 story. (Photo by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)

A world in isolation, a surge of new users for Twitter

Daily user growth spiked 34 per cent

  • Jul 24, 2020
Average daily user growth on Twitter spiked 34 per cent in the second quarter, in a July 23, 2020 story. (Photo by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)
UK regulator urges reforms to curb Google, Facebook ad power

UK regulator urges reforms to curb Google, Facebook ad power

UK regulator urges reforms to curb Google, Facebook ad power

UK regulator urges reforms to curb Google, Facebook ad power
Twitter said a tweet by President Donald Trump violated the platform’s rules about “glorifying violence” in a May 29, 2020 story. (Photo by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Twitter adds ‘glorifying violence’ warning to Trump tweet

Twitter flags another Trump tweet

  • May 29, 2020
Twitter said a tweet by President Donald Trump violated the platform’s rules about “glorifying violence” in a May 29, 2020 story. (Photo by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)
UPDATED: Racist slurs lead to school hold and secure at Ponoka school

UPDATED: Racist slurs lead to school hold and secure at Ponoka school

Ermineskin Cree Nation Chief Makinaw responds

UPDATED: Racist slurs lead to school hold and secure at Ponoka school
Double the fun: Twitter unveils 280-word character limit

Double the fun: Twitter unveils 280-word character limit

Old 140-character limit left users “cramming” tweets in, company said

Double the fun: Twitter unveils 280-word character limit
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