Alphabet Inc.’s (GOOG) unit Google, which blocks news content from search for some Canadian users, is testing a strategy for Canada’s proposed bill forcing internet platforms to pay media outlets for news content. .
The legislation, introduced by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government, is now before the Canadian Senate for debate. The bill, known as C-18, passed the House of Representatives late last year. The Pay for Online News Links Act is part of a larger plan to regulate online content led by Trudeau.
According to Google, the users involved in this test were randomly selected, accounting for less than 4% of users. The test will run for approximately five weeks.
“We have made our concerns very clear that Bill C-18 is too broad and, if not changed, could impact the products Canadians use and rely on every day. We remain committed to supporting the sustainable development of journalism in Canada, And offer solutions to issues related to Bill C-18,” a Google representative said in an emailed statement.