Private documents reveal that Twitter scolded the Trudeau government’s proposal to become the internet’s ‘Online Safety’ gatekeepers, comparing them to communists over their desire to implement mass censorship.
The Liberals invited feedback on their “legislative and regulatory proposal to confront harmful content online,” which would allow them to block websites they deem “harmful.” But they kept secret what the feedback specifically said or who provided it.
Thanks to law professor Michael Geist’s Access to Information request, the government was forced to release these documents. It turns out that one of the submissions to their proposal was actually made by Twitter:
“The proposal by the government of Canada to allow the Digital Safety Commissioner to block websites is drastic. People around the world have been blocked from accessing Twitter and other services in a similar manner as the one proposed by Canada by multiple authoritarian governments (China, North Korea, and Iran, for example) under the false guise of ‘online safety’ impeding peoples’ rights to access information online.”
“Further, there are no checks or balances on the commissioner’s authority, such as the requirement of judicial authorization or warnings to service providers. The government should be extremely mindful of setting such a precedent – if Canada wants to be seen as a champion of human rights, a leader in innovation and in net neutrality globally, it must also set the highest standards of clarity, transparency and due process in its own legislation.”
It’s telling that Twitter, which is no beacon of free speech itself, is concerned with the federal government’s scheme to censor speech.
Of course, this feedback has not stopped the Liberals from trying to do just that. They continue to propose bills that would prop up woke organizations and push down Conservative news organizations they don’t like.
Under Bill C-11, which Trudeau is trying to pass, search engines like Google will be required to boost news organizations that promote “racialized communities, cultural and linguistic minorities, LGBTQ2+ communities, and persons with disabilities.” Consequently, non-compliant news publishers not focusing on such progressive topics will be punished by receiving lower rankings in searches.
Organizations like The Counter Signal, True North, Rebel News, and The Post Millennial will be shuffled to the last page of search results.
As Geist pointed out, “In my post today, I make the case that the government’s defence of Bill C-11 has been “cartoonishly misleading.” Assurances that only companies are regulated or that platforms will choose how to contribute mislead on the bill’s implications.”
On top of Bill C-11, Trudeau has issued a notice that he will also be tabling a new act to regulate the online news industry in the country.