A broad swath of Canadians has a sour view of Facebook, with half of respondents to a new poll saying it should be regulated or broken up as a "corporate image" crisis rocks the social media giant yet again.
News is helping make some corporations very wealthy. Canadians expect their government to redistribute some of this wealth to the producers of the news they need to live in a healthy and sturdy democracy.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says governments need to be wary of taking steps to regulate social media platforms that could be used by authoritarian regimes to further oppress citizens and stifle free speech.
More than 87 million people were affected by a data scandal involving political campaigning firm Cambridge Analytica and Facebook, the social media company said on Wednesday. The estimated total includes more than 600,000 Canadians.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is admitting his platform failed to protect the data of its users and is planning to audit all apps that "had access to large amounts of information" before it introduced restrictions in 2014.