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Publishing Canadian News Links & Bill C18

Learn how Bill C18 affects Canadians Viewing News Content

Updated over a week ago

With the release of Bill C18, also known as the Online News Act, you may be wondering about how your Canadian News links will be displayed when your post is published. This article will go over how to identify a blocked news site, and what will happen when an article from a blocked site is published. We'll also show you how you can link out to relevant news articles from your Bio Link!

What is Bill C18?

Bill C18 was introduced by the Canadian Government to allow Canadian News organizations to recieve a percentage of revenue generated by major tech companies and search engines from the promotion of news articles on their platforms.

In the response to this bill, Meta has blocked Canadian residents from being able to publish, and view content from restricted news organizations.

You can learn more about Bill C18 on the Government of Canada's Website here, and view Meta's response here.

Publishing Through HeyOrca!

When a restricted news organizations links are published on a Facebook, or Instagram post, the post will be blocked by Meta will not appear when you click 'View Post' if you are within Canada.

The post will also not be visible on your Facebook page once live for your Canadian audience.

Viewing News Content as a Canadian

When looking at a restricted link on Facebook, or Instagram, you'll be met with the following messages:

When viewing a restricted Facebook page, Canadians will see the following message stating "People in Canada can't see this content"

When viewing a restricted page on Instagram, Canadian viewers will see the same message.

Any site that is displaying this message will be blocked when an article from that site is published.

Adding News Links to Your Bio Link to Drive Users

You can still add relevant news links on your Bio Link, and have users be redirected to the relevant news article URL.

Click here for a detailed guide on HeyOrca's Bio Link, available on Standard and Pro plans

In the Grid view, you can add your relevant link next to your post.

Once published, your post will appear within your Bio Link

When a user clicks on the relevant post, they'll be redirected to the news article URL and will be able to view the content on their mobile app, or on their Web Browser.

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