Google and Youtube are trying to ‘scare, intimidate’ Canadians, Rodriguez says

Canadian Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez felt it necessary to “return to him” as Bill C-11 appeals to “common sense”. (Photo: Canadian Press)

Ottawa. Canada’s Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez on Thursday accused Google and Youtube of behaving like bullies after they blogged criticism of a proposed law to regulate the web giants the day before.

“I find it special that a foreign multinational is coming here to try to scare, scare Canadians with their words,” he said upon arriving at a cabinet meeting in Ottawa.

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

Asked about the risk of reprisals, Mr. Rodriguez felt it necessary to “return to it” because Bill C-11 appeals to “common sense.”

“This bill is very simple. With this bill, we’re asking for “streamers” we love, Disney and others, to contribute to Canadian culture,” he concluded. Facke, scary campaigns don’t really impress me.”

On Wednesday, Youtube “Chief Product Officer” Neil Mohan posted a blog post on the Google Canada website on Wednesday saying that if the bill passes, it would hurt its platform’s ability to deliver “personalized experiences” that offer videos to users. what “you want to see” and what “will be valuable to you”.

“In its current form, Bill C-11 would require Youtube to manipulate these systems and display content based on the priorities of the CRTC and not the interests of Canadian users,” reads the statement, titled “Canada: Save Your Youtube.”

In other words, the platform claims, internet users will be offered “content that has been prioritized by the Canadian government regulator over content that interests them.”

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

During a parliamentary committee meeting in June, Minister Rodriguez said his bill would generate an additional $1 billion a year in revenue. He has also long denied any claims that users of the platform are being intimidated into sharing content.

Pablo Rodriguez has always argued that the bill does not give the Canadian Radio, Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) the right to regulate user-generated content such as “cat videos”.


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