Google and YouTube are trying to 'scare, intimidate' Canadians, says Rodriguez

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Google and YouTube are trying to “scare, intimidate” Canadians, says Rodriguez

The Minister of Canadian Heritage, Pablo Rodriguez.

Canadian Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez on Thursday slammed Google and YouTube for behaving like bullies, after they posted a blog post the day before attacking proposed legislation to regulate web giants.

I find it special that a foreign multinational comes here to try to scare, to intimidate Canadians through its words, he said on his arrival at the Cabinet meeting in Ottawa. .

Bill C-11 seeks to modernize the Broadcasting Act to include Internet streaming platforms such as YouTube and Spotify.

Questioned about the risk of reprisals, Mr. Rodriguez felt that we had to come back, since Bill C-11 appealed to common sense.

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“This bill here, it is very simple. This bill, we are asking “streamers”, whom we love very much, Disney and others, to contribute to Canadian culture. Faque, scare campaigns don't really impress me. »

—Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage

Wednesday, the chief product officer of YouTube, Neal Mohan, posted a blog on the Google Canada site in which he says that if the bill is passed it would harm his platform's ability to provide a personalized experience in which users are offered the videos you want to watch that will be of value to you.

In its current form, Bill C-11 would require YouTube to manipulate these systems and display content based on priorities of the CRTC, rather than the interests of Canadian users, is written in the plea entitled Canada: Preserve your YouTube.

In other words, the platform argues, internet users will be offered content that a Canadian government regulator has prioritized, rather than content that interests them.

Mr. Mohan invites readers to sign an e-petition asking senators to respect the choices of Canadians and leave their posts and streams alone.

During a visit in parliamentary committee in June, Minister Rodriguez had affirmed that his bill would generate benefits of one billion dollars per year. He has also long denied any claims that platform users are harassed for sharing content.

Pablo Rodriguez has always maintained that the bill would not give the Council the Canadian Broadcasting and Telecommunications (CRTC) the power to regulate user-generated content like cat videos.

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