Google has long been one of the most powerful companies in the tech world, and its influence has only grown in recent years. The company, owned by Alphabet Inc., has come to dominate the search engine, online advertising, and digital media markets. Recently, it has been testing limited news censorship in Canada, but according to a company executive, this will end on March 16th.
Last month, Google implemented a limited news censorship test in response to a Canadian government bill that seeks to make online platforms pay publishers in Canada for news content. The move was met with criticism from some media outlets, who argued that the censorship was an attempt by Google to maintain its dominant market position. However, the company executive has now revealed that the test will end on March 16th.
The executive also clarified that the censorship test was just like the thousands of other product tests the company conducts on a regular basis. He further stated that the test was not intended to limit the Canadian news available to users but rather to gauge how the proposed changes to the government bill would affect the search engine.
Google's decision to end the limited news censorship in Canada will likely be welcomed by media outlets, who argued that the company was attempting to limit access to news content in the country. Nevertheless, it remains to be seen how the company will respond to the proposed changes to the government bill, which seeks to make online platforms pay publishers in Canada for news content.