Local news could disappear if Canada doesn’t stand up to tech giants, Winnipeg newspaper publisher says | CBC News

Local news could disappear if Canada doesn’t stand up to tech giants, Winnipeg newspaper publisher says | CBC News
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Days after Canada pledged to make Facebook pay for news content amid an ongoing media battle with tech giants, one newspaper publisher is warning local news could be in trouble if the government doesn’t take bold action.

“Facebook and Google control the digital world,” Bob Cox, publisher of the Winnipeg Free Press and chair of News Media Canada, told CBC News Network’s John Northcott on Sunday. “They control the vast majority of advertising and they really have made it very difficult for other media to make a living, as you might want to say, online.

“You’re going to get to a point, a drop-off point, where suddenly you have communities without news — without news outlets, newspapers or television stations or radio stations.”

On Wednesday, Facebook announced it is blocking…



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