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JUST IN: TRUDEAU GOVERNMENT PASSES BILL TO REGULATE STREAMING, SOCIAL MEDIA

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By Aishat Momoh. O.

A controversial bill enacted by Canadian parliamentarians wants to control programming broadcast by media streaming services and social platforms such as Facebook and YouTube, a measure that critics say could limit individual freedom of expression.

Bill C-10, drafted by Justin Trudeau’s government, aims to hold internet titans to the same standards as conventional broadcasters, effectively forcing Netflix Inc. and TikTok Inc. to fund and promote Canadian content.

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It’s one of the most comprehensive ideas to control the algorithms used by internet corporations to magnify or recommend material that has ever been proposed by any government.

In an age where everyone is a publisher, the Act to Amend the Broadcasting Act may have an impact on individual expression on social media and other digital platforms that rely on user-generated material.

However, it is unclear whether or not the bill will pass. The bill must clear the Senate, a procedure that might be stymied by a mid-year election that effectively kills the bill. If this happens, a new administration will have to go through the legislative process all over again if the regulations are to be implemented.

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