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Three publishers join the Facebook program

The Globe and Mail, Black Press Media and Glacier Media have joined the News Innovation Test program, the social network said. (Photo: 123RF)

Three Canadian newspaper publishers have joined Facebook’s program, which sees the tech giant paying to use certain content used on its platform.

the Globe and Mail, Black Press Media and Glacier Media have joined the News Innovation Test program, the social network said.

This program already had 14 members, including The dutyand the CN2i which has The sun, The Nouvelliste, The gallery, The Voice of the East , The rightand The Daily, as well as the National Observer, FP Newspapers, Tyee, and SaltWire Network.

Through the program, Facebook pays unspecified sums to link articles from publishers on pages devoted to certain topics, such as COVID-19 or climate change.

Facebook Canada refuses to reveal the estimated total value of the agreements, citing confidentiality reasons. He has, however, already told The Canadian Press that the program will run for several years and that it does not include payments for news for which publishers have already published links.

The news comes after news publishers, who have seen their advertising revenue plummet for years, asked the tech giant to share more of its profits.

Facebook is funding a scholarship worth one million dollars which has allowed the hiring of 10 additional journalists for The Canadian Press for the past year. Some media organizations that will receive funding through this project are clients of the news agency.

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A subsidiary of the “Globe and Mail” holds an investment in La Presse Canadienne under a joint agreement with Torstar and the Montreal daily “La Presse”.

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