Canada and US Join Forces Against Tech Giants for News Industry Survival


Canadian Heritage Minister Pascale St-Onge has made a call to arms to the United States, beseeching the ceaseless support in their collective stand against the unregulated dominance of the technology titans in favour of preserving the now endangered news industry. Nurturing this industry, she stressed, is a stepping stone to upholding the values of Western democracies.

Addressing persistent concerns over recent intimidation attempts by Facebook, Ms. St-Onge insisted that the tech giant’s true audience is the world. Her remarks, laced with conviction and a tinge of defiance, were offered during her keynote speech at the Center for Journalism and Liberty, run by the Open Markets Institute in Washington, D.C.

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Adding fuel to the raging fire was the recent retaliation by Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, which saw local news content unceremoniously excised from its platforms. A merciless response to Canada’s bold Online News Act, it sounded an ominous warning to other countries, notably the U.S, of a similar fate should they dare to advance comparable policies.

However, the Canadian Online News Act refuses to bow to such intimidation. Slated to dawn into action by December, this ordinance comprises measures compelling technology bigwigs to financially reward news publishers when their content is shared or repurposed on these platforms.

Ms. St-Onge also fired a salvo at Meta for inviting a deluge of misinformation and disinformation on its platforms by erasing trusted news sources. These actions serves as a stark reminder for G7 nations to condemn attempts by mega tech corporations to bypass laws, a move she underlined, can inflict irreversible damage to their democracies.

“They are molding the online environment, attempting to orchestrate our decisions, which is indeed quite unsettling considering the democratic spirit we share,” expressed Ms. St-Onge, unabashedly clear in her critique of these corporations’ reluctance to accept regulation.

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar firmly echoed Ms. St-Onge’s sentiments. Having authored a similar bill in her own land, she noted promising developments from her regular consultations with Canada. Proposing negotiations between Meta, Google, and news outlets for content accessibility, Senator Klobuchar’s bill, unlike its Canadian counterpart, has gained bipartisan endorsement – a fact she endorsed as a significant development.

Even as the Conservatives in Canada critique the Online News Act for allegedly paving a path to censorship, Senator Klobuchar showered praise on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s firm reproach of Facebook’s prioritization of fiscal gain over human safety.

Both nations are united in their resolve that these regulations are paramount to neutralizing Google and Meta’s stranglehold over the advertising market, thus reviving the vitality of news organizations who have, so far, borne the brunt in the form of an incessant spate of newsroom layoffs.

“Let’s not let our faith falter, and let’s keep believing in our international allies,” urged Senator Klobuchar, emphasizing her commitment to the cause.