Google Blocks News Links in Canada

Google has joined Meta in blocking news links on its Canadian sites, rather than pay publishers as now required by law. The company was less confrontational than Meta in their language, and probably does a better job of blocking misinformation. But the effect is still to make it harder for Canadians to receive reliable news.

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Microsoft Lets Publishers Block Bing Chat Separately from Bing Search

September 26, 2023

Nearly one-third of major news publishers have blocked generative AI tools from reading their content.   But that’s a drastic measure which could also exclude their results from conventional search engines.  Microsoft has just given publishers the option to block access by Bing Chat without also removing their content from search results.  We’ll see if competitors do the same.

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