Internet giants should support local news, culture, Melanie Joly says

OTTAWA–Internet giants like Facebook and Google should play a direct role in investing in “trusted local journalism” and Canadian culture, Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly said Tuesday.

Joly told the Star international tech companies have “not basically accepted they have a clear responsibility” to the countries they operate in, including promoting and funding cultural content, but also shaping public debate and discussion.

Far from being “neutral pipelines” for information, Joly said the digital platforms have immense power in deciding what content Canadians consume, from Netflix recommending your next TV binge to Facebook and Google promoting some news stories over others.

Rock meets hard place, the likes of Google and FB are the new gatekeepers, but “trusted local journalism”? As defined by who? Justin Trudeau’s handlers? No thanks.

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