In early February 2021, Facebook and Instagram announced their decision to end news access in Canada. This came as a surprise to many, as the platforms have long been popular sources for Canadians to get their news and stay informed. The move was a part of a broader change that also affected users in Australia, where the platforms removed all news content from their feeds.
The decision made by Facebook and Instagram to end news access in Canada will have a significant impact on Canadian news outlets. These social media platforms are extensively used by Canadian news associations to circulate their news stories and reach a larger followership. Without the capability to partake their content on Facebook and Instagram, news outlets will have to calculate on other social media platforms or their own websites to partake their stories.