Facebook is bullying, denounces Minister Pablo Rodriguez
Minister of Canadian Heritage, Pablo Rodriguez
Canadian Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez on Thursday accused Facebook of once again trying to intimidate Canadians by reiterating his threat the day before to pull the news from its platform following the news. Bill C-18 passed by the House of Commons.
Canadians don't like being bullied. Me, if I were Facebook, I would change my strategy. It won't pass the eyes of Canadians, Rodriguez said upon arriving at the weekly cabinet meeting.
In a written statement issued immediately after Bill C-18 passed third reading, Meta, the company that owns Facebook, said it wants to avoid government-imposed negotiations that do not sufficiently take into account the value we provide to publishers.
The piece of legislation proposed by the Justin Trudeau Liberals aims to force digital platforms – mainly Google and Facebook – to conclude fair compensation agreements with news organizations for the sharing of their journalistic content.
“C-18, ultimately, is to ensure a press that is free, independent, strong . That's the goal of Android 18. News has value. Your work has value. And the web giants have to recognize that.
—Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage
This bill will make its way to the Upper House and Meta now wishes to lobby senators.
This is not the first time that Pablo Rodriguez draws such a reproach. In early October, he also claimed that Google and YouTube were acting like bullies by posting a blog post attacking another of his bills, C-11, which seeks to regulate streaming platforms.
Last week, Mr. Rodriguez was impatient with the time taken by the Senate to conclude its study of Bill C-11, while a committee of senators has just adopted major amendments . His criticisms added to those of the Bloc Québécois and the New Democratic Party (NDP).
Several conservatives, as well as content creators, have repeatedly argued that & #x27;they fear that users of these platforms will be limited or victimized in what they can share there.
According to the minister, the bill on news in online shouldn't have as many pitfalls in the Senate as on streaming platforms.
I hope not, but I think not. And the good news is that Bill C-11 has passed report stage in the Senate and should ideally return to the House early this year, he said Thursday.
The House of Commons adjourned for the holiday break on Wednesday and is expected to resume Monday, January 30.