“Concerned” by the phenomenon of “false news” on the Internet and on social networks, Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly returns from the economic summit in Davos with the intention of “having a conversation” with Facebook and Google on Their responsibility for information.
“We really want to have a conversation with the digital platforms, Facebook has already announced some measures, Google too. […] It is time to have government leadership to present the views of citizens and democracy, “said Minister Joly in an interview with La Presse .
Minister Joly was one of six Trudeau ministers to attend the World Economic Summit in Davos last week. She participated in a workshop on information in the digital age, where the hot issue of “false news” on the Internet was discussed. A conversation that will continue over the next year as Minister Joly has been appointed Chair of the Steering Committee of the Davos Economic Summit on the Future of Entertainment and Information. The CEO of the New York Times Mark Thompson also sits on that committee.
“The big question is what is government action in a digital age. It was the first time someone [a minister] was asking the question in Davos, “said Mélanie Joy.
“Internet accessibility is a progressive force, but we must ensure that the impacts are not negative. We want to work with the platforms and with our media to find solutions. “- Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage
“I am very pleased to see that there is a lot of openness on the platforms, that we can counteract the negative impacts by finding solutions,” said Minister Joly, who was the first Minister of Canadian Heritage To participate in the World Economic Summit, where she was named one of the Young Global Leaders of Davos.
In addition to being “preoccupied” with the issue of “false news”, Minister Joly would like a “transparency” in news algorithms on social networks, which often make sure to post news reinforcing her point of view . For Minister Joly, this issue “has to do with access to local, credible, reliable information so that we have well-informed citizens.”
Since the fall, the Trudeau government has held consultations on the future of federal cultural policy, including the issue of information and the media. The Trudeau government must announce its findings by spring.