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Stephen Downes

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This article looks at the impact of Meta's news blockade on student newspapers in Canada. Meta stopped running news content from Canada in response to a proposed law that would have required the company to pay news media for the stories. This hurt newspapers, which earned a large part of their traffic from social media and sites like Google News. Ironically, under the legislation, student newspapers would not have received any of the money anyway. "In the meantime, as student journalists continue to learn how to make the most of TikTok, the conflict continues on a wider scale regarding news, profit sharing and regulations. 'This is a proxy battle for who has control over the platform in which we communicate,' said Mr. Rooke. 'Is it government, or is it big business?'"

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