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Meta Platforms Inc. started its process of ending news availability in Canada over a law requiring digital platforms to pay local news outlets.

The California-based company has followed through with its threat to block news on Facebook and Instagram. The move came after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government passed the Online News Act, expected to come into effect before the end of this year.

"For many months, we have been transparent about our concerns," said Rachel Curran, Meta Canada's head of public policy, in a statement Tuesday. "It is based on the incorrect premise that Meta benefits unfairly from news content shared on our platforms, when the reverse is actually true."

The rollout of the news ban on Facebook and Instagram for users in Canada will take place over the next few weeks. Here's how the ending of news availability affects Canada:

There are no changes for Meta's services for people accessing the platforms from outside of Canada, the company said, adding that Canadian residents can access news online by going directly to news websites, using mobile news applications, and subscribing to preferred publishers.

"In the future, we hope the Canadian government will recognize the value we already provide the news industry and consider a policy response that upholds the principles of a free and open internet, champions diversity and innovation and reflects the interests of the entire Canadian media landscape," Meta's Curran said.