Reclaim the Net

Unfortunately, the government hasn’t given up.

Canada’s ruling Liberals are continuing their efforts to bring radical forms of internet censorship to the country’s online space.

The latest proposal, described as a vast and wide-ranging system in Canadian press reports, sets the goal of preventing illegal content from being posted on Facebook, Pornhub, YouTube, and other major platforms. Child pornography and “hate speech” – two very different types of content – are singled out in these reports as examples of what would qualify as illegal under the new law.

The draft was made public on Thursday and Canadians will have until the end of September to comment on it. The plan is to have large fines – up to $70,000 – imposed on those found in violation of these rules, and put pressure on platforms to comply with takedown requests regarding content flagged by users within 24 hours.


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