Facebook’s getting rich by taking what’s ours.
Facebook makes billions selling content created by Canadians, especially journalists. They don’t ask permission. They just take it.
There’s a word for taking someone’s stuff without permission or payment: theft. And Canadian journalism is paying the price. Since 2009, Canadian media have shed almost 20,000 jobs. During that time, Facebook’s revenue grew almost 100-fold. But payouts to Canadian news outlets are still $0.
While Facebook cashes out, the people who make the news are disappearing. And with them the real news we depend on.
Other countries are acting. France and Australia are forcing Facebook to pay up. But Canada is doing nothing, allowing Facebook to pocket billions on the backs of our journalists.
It doesn’t have to be this way. FRIENDS is the only citizens’ group defending Canada’s media and culture from American tech giants who take our stuff without asking.
Show Facebook we won’t be pushed around. Join us now.