The Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB) commends the Government of Canada’s decision to suspend advertising on Facebook and Instagram given parent company Meta’s actions to block Canadian news on its platforms.

“The Government has taken an important step to stand up to Meta, effectively standing up for Canadian newsrooms,” says CAB President Kevin Desjardins. “We encourage all levels of government and businesses that care about the future of our democracy and journalism in Canada to consider the actions of these platforms when they choose where to invest their advertising dollars.”

“These foreign web giants use their dominant positions in digital advertising to take tens of billions out of the Canadian economy without giving back,” continues Desjardins. “We call on both Google and Meta to act responsibly and to stop allowing misinformation and disinformation to flourish by deliberately damaging access to high-quality, professional journalism.”