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Online & Digital Media News – Facebook fined $9M by Competition Bureau

Facebook Inc. will pay a $9 million penalty after the Competition Bureau concluded that the company made false or misleading claims about the privacy of Canadians’ personal information on Facebook and Messenger. Facebook will also pay an additional $500,000 in costs for the bureau’s investigation. The payments are part of a settlement registered this week with the Competition Tribunal in which Facebook has agreed not to make false or misleading representations about the disclosure of personal information. The bureau’s investigation of Facebook practices, between Aug. 2012 and June 2018, concluded that Facebook did not limit the sharing of users’ personal information with some third-party developers consistent with the company’s privacy claims, including messages users exchanged on Messenger. It also allowed certain third-party developers to access the personal information of users’ friends after they installed certain third-party applications. While Facebook claimed it would no longer allow such access to users’ friends after Apr. 30, 2015, the practice continued until 2018 with some third-party developers.

TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger is back hosting a virtual edition of the Dreger Café, a series of one-on-one interviews with some of hockey’s greatest players and personalities. The interview series, which typically pops up each year in conjunction with the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships, is being hosted this spring from Dreger’s home studio. All interviews are available to stream at, with clips and highlights across TSN’s social media platforms. Guests to date have included Sidney Crosby, Edmonton Oilers star Leon Draisaitl, Johnny Gaudreau, Mitch Marner, Patrick Kane, Matt Duchene, and more.

SOCAN is launching Encore!, a program that compensates music creators and publishers for live online concerts on Facebook and Instagram. Approximately $200,000 will be available each quarter for the program for the duration of the COVID-19 lockdown in Canada. To receive an Encore! payment, performers will have had to perform at least 10 songs/compositions, or a live performance of at least 30 minutes on Facebook or Instagram, from Mar. 15, 2020, to Mar. 7, 2021 (inclusive); at least 100 people must have accessed the online event; and a setlist of all music performed has to be sent via SOCAN’s Notification of Live Music Performance at Each online concert will be eligible for a total payment of $150, with shares of royalties going to all rights holders of the music performed. SOCAN is in the process of adding more online platforms to the Encore! program. 

The Marilyn Denis Show is collaborating with Pinterest on its first-ever Canadian broadcast partnership. As of May 15, The Marilyn Denis Show has a new show-branded Pinterest profile, including regular updates and curated boards related to in-show and digital content. The new partnership also includes four integrated in-show segments that direct viewers to the show’s Pinterest profile for inspiration and information. In addition to weekly broadcast promotion, the profile will be featured on and its social media channels. Bell Media says brand partnership opportunities are available.

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