Bills that allow CRTC to regulate social media face criticism

Amendments to the bill, which gives Canadian broadcast regulators new powers to regulate user-generated content on the Internet and social media, have been criticized as the government’s latest attempt to limit freedom of expression.

Bill C-10Amendments to the Broadcasting Act are currently being discussed clause by clause in the Liberal Party-controlled Heritage Committee.But critics Latest fix passed on Monday Becoming a move to censor the Internet.

Conservative Rep. Alan Rays said in a statement that the bill is giving too much power by allowing the Canadian Radio-Television Commission (CRTC) to oversee content posted online. Said.

Conservatives said they would like to help create “a fair competition between large foreign streaming services and Canadian broadcasters.”

Stephen Gilbo, Heritage Minister response In response to Raise’s statement, he said he was “disconnected.”

“I was very disappointed to see Alain Rayes and CPC very disconnected. Again, they disappointed the cultural sector and refused to confront the web giant,” Bill C- Gilbo who introduced 10 is writing on Twitter.

According to Rays, the Conservatives will still vote against bill C-10 as a whole, but committee members will receive less than $ 50 million in advertising and Canadian subscription revenue annually from CRTC regulations.

The Heritage Commission voted against the amendment.

Parliamentarian Julie Doublesin said it was “unintentional” for the government to regulate all the Internet.

When Guilbeault introduced Bill C-10 in November 2020, user-generated content was originally exempt from regulation. However, the exemption was removed on April 23.

“Last Friday, liberals went even further by voting against a section of their own bill that at least partially exempts individual users who upload videos to social media sites such as YouTube and Facebook. They even promised to introduce a new amendment to regulate the app, “Raise said.

“This is another unacceptable attempt to target the freedom of individual Internet users, described by Michael Geist, a professor of law at the University of Ottawa, as” the most anti-Internet government in Canada’s history. ” “

Geist said in article Announced earlier this month, he also criticized Gilbo, who is pushing for a fundamental threat to freedom of speech itself and the law that many see to combat hate speech.

“Guilbeault’s vision is to require Internet providers to install blocking features, issue blocking orders, eliminate net neutrality, and create new regulators and content advocates to build Canada’s Internet firewall.” Said Geist.

Guilbeault is also about to submit a new bill to regulate hate speech.

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