Canada’s digital charter to combat fake news would fine platforms: Trudeau
Canada will introduce a “digital charter” to combat fake news and hate online, Prime Minster Justin Trudeau announced Thursday.
Speaking at the Viva Technology conference in Paris, Trudeau said social media platforms could face fines if the companies don’t police misinformation and extremism.
“The platforms are failing their users and they’re failing our citizens,” he said. “They have to step up in a major way to counter disinformation.”
The announcement comes after an international meeting Wednesday co-chaired by French President Emmanuel Macron and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern where leaders signed a pledge to combat extremism online. Dubbed the “Christchurch Call,” it was signed by governments and CEOs of tech companies.
Though few details were offered about Canada’s so-called “digital charter,” Trudeau said that companies could face fines for not properly monitoring their online platforms.
“If they don’t, we will hold them to account and there will be meaningful financial consequences,” he said.
Trudeau is expected to speak to the media again on Thursday morning. – CTV News
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I will wait for the government to fine itself. Governments spew out fake news (lies) on a daily basis. My guess is that is not going to happen.
CBC? BBC? CNN? Buzzfeed? MSNBC? New York Times? Daily Mirror? The Guardian? You think the Canadian Government is going to fine them? Of course not. They will go after the little guy.
Plus, who will decide what constitutes fake news? That is a lot of power to give anyone. Government appointee? A Ministry of Truth? Was Orwell right about this as well?
Seems like a good way to shut down criticism of the government or its friends and policies.
Another attack at what free speech we have left in Canada. First “hate speech”. Now “fake news”. What is left?
“Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.”