Exclusive-Meta’s Canada news ban fails to dent Facebook usage

Exclusive-Meta's Canada news ban fails to dent Facebook usage

By Katie Paul and Steve Scherer

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Meta’s decision to block news links in Canada this month has had almost no impact on Canadians’ usage of Facebook, data from independent tracking firms indicated on Tuesday, as the company faces scorching criticism from the Canadian government over the move.

Daily active users of Facebook and time spent on the app in Canada have stayed roughly unchanged since parent company Meta started blocking news there at the start of August, according to data shared by Similarweb, a digital analytics company that tracks traffic on websites and apps, at Reuters’ request.

Another analytics firm, Data.ai, likewise told Reuters that its data was not…

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