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Trudeau shoots an arrow at Meta over wildfires in British Columbia

Trudeau shoots an arrow at Meta over wildfires in British Columbia

(West Kelowna) Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canada's dispute with Meta is a “testing moment” for the country to stand up to a social media giant that makes billions of dollars but bears no responsibility for the well-being of the communities in which it lives. benefits.

Mr. Trudeau made the comments in West Kelowna, one of several communities hit by wildfires last summer, where information about the wildfires and evacuation routes was blocked on the Meta Group's Facebook platform.

Meta blocked Canadian news on Facebook in response Online news law of the federal government, which is seeking damages for media outlets whose articles are shared on Facebook feeds.

Justin Trudeau said he knows a lot of people are trying to find ways to keep everyone informed, especially in emergency situations, but countries should stand up for journalism, not submit to corporations that make billions while harming democracy.

The Prime Minister said that he met today with mayors and fire chiefs in municipalities devastated by last year's wildfires, in addition to a number of families who lost their homes in British Columbia and are still affected by the situation.

Mr. Trudeau was also in West Kelowna last August, just days after a wildfire destroyed hundreds of homes.

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