CRTC (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission) & Bill C-18

Ron in Regina

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Google says the draft plan to implement Ottawa’s fraught online news law worsens rather than calms its concerns about the legislation, as the clock ticks on the global web giant’s threat to wipe Canadian news from its search engine.

“Unfortunately, while well intended, the act is built upon a fundamentally flawed premise yielding an unworkable framework and process that the regulations unfortunately do not remedy — and in certain instances, exacerbate,” the company’s submission to the federal government reads.

Google has signalled that if its issues are not met, it will remove all Canadian news content from its search engine on or shortly after Dec. 19, the date the Online News Act comes into effect.
 
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Ron in Regina

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What does Google have to censor to get a deal?
Interesting question. The tech giant had voiced concern about "serious structural issues with C-18 that regrettably were not dealt with during the legislative process," and has called the bill a "link tax" that "breaks the way the web and search engines have worked for more than 30 years," and may expose them to "uncapped financial liability."

Sets a precedent for other countries also.
 

Ron in Regina

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Reuters reported in August that data from different independent tracking firms showed Meta blocking news links on its platforms in Canada “had almost no impact on Canadians’ usage of Facebook.”

And when pressed on what should be inferred from the data showing Meta blocking Canadian news from its platforms hasn’t affected the company’s bottom line, St-Onge (Pascale St-Onge, Canada’s heritage minister) said the tech giant should still negotiate with the government as Google did….because…?

Laventure (Meta spokesperson Lisa Laventure) reiterated the company’s stance that pulling Canadian news entirely from its platforms is “the only way (to) reasonably comply with the Online News Act.”

The legislation comes into effect on Dec. 19. End result? More government control of the directions that Canadians receive their news from?
 
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Reuters reported in August that data from different independent tracking firms showed Meta blocking news links on its platforms in Canada “had almost no impact on Canadians’ usage of Facebook.”

And when pressed on what should be inferred from the data showing Meta blocking Canadian news from its platforms hasn’t affected the company’s bottom line, St-Onge (Pascale St-Onge, Canada’s heritage minister) said the tech giant should still negotiate with the government as Google did….because…?

Laventure (Meta spokesperson Lisa Laventure) reiterated the company’s stance that pulling Canadian news entirely from its platforms is “the only way (to) reasonably comply with the Online News Act.”

The legislation comes into effect on Dec. 19. End result? More government control of the directions that Canadians receive their news from?
I've hone to a few sites that will not allow me to repost any Canadian POV's so ya, it's happening. We'll have to rely more on independent news which is more accurate & factual anyway. Wonder how long this will be allowed by our tyrannical gov't
 

Ron in Regina

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“Whoopsies….it’s too early to say.”

Facebook parent company Meta resumed talks with the federal government over the Online News Act this week, as Heritage Minister Pascale St-Onge implied the tech giant could still be subject to regulation despite barring Canadians from accessing news on its platforms??? For its non-news content?
Meta had thought blocking Canadians’ access to news on Facebook and Instagram would put it outside the scope of the act. But on Tuesday, Ms. St-Onge suggested the company could still be regulated under the legislation, which comes into force on Dec. 19.

Speaking to reporters on Parliament Hill, Ms. St-Onge said news is still seeping through on Meta’s platforms, and that the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, which will oversee the act’s implementation, might take an interest.

“I can’t wait to see what the CRTC will do when the law is fully enforced,” she said, adding that she “absolutely” wants the regulator to look into whether Meta would be subject to the act. (???)
 
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