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Canada bans Chinese app WeChat from government devices

Canada bans Chinese app WeChat from government devices

International, Science & Technology
Canada has announced it will ban WeChat on government devices. The Chinese-owned app is sometimes referred to as the "everything app" - like WhatsApp, Facebook, Amazon and Tinder all in one. However Western governments have security concerns about it, mainly that the app could be used to spy on users. The BBC has reached out to Tencent, the company that owns WeChat, for comment but has not yet received a response.ADVERTISEMENT WeChat is one of the most used apps in the world. It is ubiquitous in China and also popular in Southeast Asia and within Chinese diaspora communities. Canada's ban is effective immediately. Still, there is no evidence that government information has been compromised through WeChat, the president of Canada's Treasury Board, Anita Anand, said in a s...
Facebook and Instagram to restrict news access in Canada

Facebook and Instagram to restrict news access in Canada

International, Science & Technology
Meta has said it will begin to restrict news on its platforms to Canadian consumers after parliament passed a controversial online news bill. The bill forces big platforms to compensate news publishers for content posted on their sites. Meta and Google have both already been testing limiting access to news to some Canadians. In 2021, Australian users were blocked from sharing or viewing news on Facebook in response to a similar law. Canada’s Online News Act, which cleared the senate on Thursday, lays out rules requiring platforms like Meta and Google to negotiate commercial deals and pay news organisations for their content. Meta has called the law “fundamentally flawed legislation that ignores the realities of how our platforms work”. On Thursday, it said news availabil...

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