Liberal Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault is going to introduce the second internet censorship bill to be tabled in Parliament within the “next couple of weeks,” he revealed during a recent videoconference.
THIS IS NOT BILL C-10. THIS IS FAR WORSE. THIS LEGISLATION WILL BE TABLED WITHIN THE COMING WEEKS.
The government believes federal regulators should have the authority to temporarily block or even shut down websites that say hurtful things about politicians and public servants. Guilbeault states, “Hate speech will definitely be part of the legislation that will be tabled”.
Internet publishers that are found to breach these new content rules must follow directions, or face repercussions.
The bill will regulate “hurtful” content beyond hate speech already outlawed under the Criminal Code, but no examples were provided.
“With the legislation we will be tabling, it won’t matter whether or not the company is Canadian,” said Guilbeault.
“It won’t matter where the company is registered or where their servers are located. Once a publication is flagged it will have to be taken down within 24 hours of having it being flagged. There are not a lot of countries that are doing that right now.” Guilbeault went on to say.
“Could we envision having blocking orders? Maybe,” he told Canada 2020, a Liberal think tank. “It would likely be a last resort, a nuclear bomb … It’s pretty extreme, but theoretically it is a tool that is out there.”
The Department of Heritage to date has refused to publicly release in-house documents outlining the bill.
If this bill is introduced, then anyone, users or companies, who publish content that the government determines is “hurtful” or “unsafe” could be flagged and removed from the internet within 24 hours. This also includes anyone who publishes from outside of Canada. This could include anyone on social media, and potentially with a “nuclear bomb” option to block websites.
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