Under the new regulations, not only are many Instagram and Facebook users unable to view posts, they can't even share them. The Post Millennial's social media team has been unable to view its own content, however they have been able to circumvent the ban via Hootsuite.
"It's official, welcome to Chinada," anti-mandate activist Shaun Rickard wrote. "I just attempted to reply to my friend's comment on one of my Facebook posts, with a link to a Post Millennial news article covering the Million Person March, and this is what came up."
In the accompanying screenshot, Rickard was told by Facebook that "news content can't be shared in Canada" because of the Trudeau Liberals' legislation.
"Everyone will now receive this message if you attempt to share news stories/articles on Meta platforms in Canada," he added. "Has anyone else experienced this on other social media platforms in Canada? Time to wake the hell up people!"
Rickard's post caught the attention of Dr. Jordan Peterson. "Sounds like it's time for a divorce," he quipped.
In a statement released on August 1, Meta explained that in order to "provide clarity to the millions of Canadians and businesses who use our platforms," it had "begun the process of ending news availability permanently in Canada."
Meta accused the Online News Act of being "based on the incorrect premise" that tech companies "benefit unfairly from news content shared on [their] platform," noting that, "the reverse is actually true."
Conservative Party leader Pierre Poilievre slammed Trudeau over the recent developments, saying they were "like 1984."
"Who would ever have imagined that in Canada, the federal government would pass laws banning people from effectively seeing the news?" he asked. "Who would've thought that we'd have a government that would pass a law to manipulate the algorithms of the internet so that the prime minister only sees what he wants them to see?"
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