Facebook is bullying, denounces Minister Pablo Rodriguez

Canadians don’t like it, get bullied. Me, if I was Facebook, I changed strategy. It won’t pass in the eyes of CanadiansRodriguez said upon arriving at the weekly cabinet meeting.

In a written statement sent immediately after Bill C-18 passed third reading, Meta, the company that owns Facebook, says it wants to avoid submit to government-mandated negotiations that do not sufficiently account for the value we present to publishers.

The piece of legislation proposed by Justin Trudeau’s Liberals aims to force digital platforms – mainly Google and Facebook – to enter into fair compensation agreements with news companies for the sharing of their journalistic content.

C-18, ultimately, is to guarantee a press that is free, independent, strong. That’s the goal of C-18. News has value. Your work has value. And the web giants have to recognize that. »

A quote from Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage

This bill will make its way to the Upper House and meta now wants to lobby senators.

This is not the first time that Pablo Rodriguez draws such a reproach. In early October, he also alleged that Google and YouTube were acting like bullies by posting a blog post attacking another of his bills, C-11, which sought to regulate online streaming.

Last week, Mr. Rodriguez grew impatient with the time taken by the Senate to conclude its study of Bill C-11, when a committee of senators has just adopted major amendments. His criticisms were added to those of the Bloc Québécois and the New Democratic Party (NDP).

Several curators, as well as content creators, have repeatedly been told that they fear that users of these platforms will be limited or violated in what they can share there.

According to the minister, the bill on online news should not face as many pitfalls in the Senate as the one on streaming platforms.

I hope not, but I think not. And the good news is that C-11 has passed the report stage in the Senate and should ideally return to the House at the start of the year.he said Thursday.

The House of Commons adjourned for the holiday break on Wednesday and is expected to resume on Monday, January 30.

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