Advertisers in Canada are leaving Instagram and Facebook.

Advertisers in Canada are leaving Instagram and Facebook.

Stingray Group Joins the Wave of Advertisers Boycotting Meta’s News Ban

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Canadian advertisers are leaving Meta to boycott the company’s ban on news posts.

In a bold move, Stingray Group, the Montreal-based music and video content company, has announced its decision to “immediately suspend” all advertising on Facebook and Instagram in Canada in response to Meta’s recent blockade of news content. This bold move demonstrates Stingray’s commitment to the Canadian news media and its refusal to support Meta’s controversial decision.

Eric Boyko, co-founder and CEO of Stingray, made it clear that the company cannot tolerate Meta’s actions and the implications they have for Canadian news content. In an interview with MarketWatch, Boyko expressed his concern, stating: “As a result, we have decided to pause our advertising on Facebook and Instagram.”

Stingray is not alone in its boycott. Several other organizations and governments in Canada have also voiced their dissatisfaction with Meta’s decision. The British Columbia government, the Canadian federal government, and the Quebec and Ottawa governments, have all pulled their advertising from Meta’s platforms. Furthermore, the Quebec worker’s union, Canadian telecoms operator Quebecor, and Cogeco, which operates radio stations in Quebec, have also suspended their advertising, according to Reuters.

Meta’s controversial decision to remove news from its platforms is a direct response to Canada’s Online News Act, which was passed by Canada’s Parliament in June. The act requires tech giants like Meta and Google to pay Canadian news outlets for the content they publish on Meta’s platforms. As a result, news content was officially removed from Facebook and Instagram in Canada on August 1.

This clash between Meta and the Canadian government highlights the ongoing battle between tech giants and traditional media outlets. While Meta’s decision aims to protect its interests and maintain control over content distribution, it has led to a significant backlash from advertisers and the wider public.

The reaction from advertisers showcases the growing power of their collective voice. By withdrawing their support, they are exerting pressure on Meta to reconsider its position. This demonstrates the influence that advertising revenue holds over social media platforms, emphasizing the importance of media companies’ support.

Even though Meta’s blockade on news content aims to protect its financial interests, it has inadvertently spurred a movement against their actions. The decision by Stingray Group and other organizations to suspend advertising serves as a strong statement against Meta’s control over information dissemination and its disregard for the Canadian news ecosystem.

While the outcome of this boycott remains uncertain, one thing is clear — advertisers and media companies in Canada are no longer willing to turn a blind eye. They are taking a stand and demanding fair treatment, ultimately advocating for the value of journalism and the free flow of information.

In a world where the media landscape is constantly evolving, this is a powerful reminder that the relationship between technology giants and traditional media outlets is complex and intertwined. It is a battle that will continue to shape the future of news and advertising, with both sides striving for a balanced and mutually beneficial outcome.


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