Canada’s New Law FORCES Tech Firms To Remove Harmful Content

(VitalNews.org) – Canada has just unveiled a draft law that would force tech companies to remove “harmful content” from their platform.

The Online Harms Act, which was presented by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government, said that it would make tech companies immediately take down any content that was deemed harmful, including material that sexualizes children or promotes hate. The Act covers seven different categories of hate that they are required to remove and it pushes to increase penalties for harmful content shared online.

Canadians would be able to request the removal of content within 24 hours of it being posted, then it will go through a review process; there is also a way to file complaints against the people who are spreading hateful speech online.

The seven categories that are determined harmful under this Act include intimate content without consent; anything that foments hate; anything that incites extremism, terrorism, or violence; or content that is used to bully children or promotes self-harm.

The legislation would also require platforms to introduce new ways to protect children, such as parental controls or safe search settings. They’ll also be holding tech companies accountable for harmful content that they have on their platforms.

“For too long, web giants have failed to keep kids safe online,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said. “Far too often, this has had devastating consequences.” He also spoke out saying that everyone deserves an online environment where they can “express themselves freely, without fearing for their safety or their life”.

Some spoke out against the Act, seeing it as censorship. For example, conservative leader Pierre Poilievre said, “What does Justin Trudeau mean when he says… the word hate speech? He means speech he hates.”

The bill will go through a parliamentary committee and then it will go to the Senate for revisions before it can become law.

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