When you ask people in Montreal if they know MTL Blog, they’ll often say our posts are prominently featured in their Instagram feeds, or that they recently clicked on one of our articles on Facebook.
We’ve always been a socially-driven company, and have loved bringing the audiences on these platforms stories that connect them to the city they live in and love.
However, our ability to do this is changing.
Last month, Meta (the owner of Facebook and Instagram) and Google confirmed their plans to end the availability of news for Canadians in response to the Online News Act (Bill C-18) coming into effect.
Unfortunately, MTL Blog readers are already seeing the impact of these decisions, as our Instagram page has been blocked for a selection of users who are no longer able to access our content on the platform.
It is unclear if, when, or how this will roll out to our other Instagram, Threads, and Facebook pages, or to Google Search results.
We remain hopeful that Meta and Google will work to find common ground with the government in order to not only allow publishers like us — who constantly ride waves of change — to continue doing what we do, but also to champion what local news means to our democratic society.
As we navigate the ever-changing landscape of digital media, we implore all parties to recognize the vital role publishers play in disseminating valuable information and engaging the public.
Meanwhile, our commitment to delivering accurate and captivating content to our audience remains unchanged.
We don’t just love what we do — we live and breathe it, and to say we couldn’t do it without you is an understatement.
In these uncertain times, we’re asking you to stay engaged and to continue being the central part of our story.
How to find MTL Blog content
Finally, you can follow your favourite creators directly as they continue to connect you to the stories you love.
If you’d like to reach out, I always love hearing from you at firstname.lastname@example.org, and you can reach MTL Blog Deputy Editor John MacFarlane at email@example.com.
We are doing everything we can to ride the wave, and we’re so grateful to have you on our side.
Editor-in-Chief, Narcity Media Group