Elon Musk says Trudeau’s censorship bill is an “attempt to muzzle the voice of the Canadian people”.
Published on 14.12.2022
PM reports that Bill C-11 first appeared on Elon Musk’s radar in late October.
Elon Musk has called Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s censorship bills “an attempt to muzzle the voice of the Canadian people”, after previously saying he had never heard of them. Musk made the comments in response to a tweet from Andrew Lawton of True North.
“Canada’s Liberal government wants to regulate internet content and MP social media companies to enforce bans on ‘hate speech’ (with a low and obscure threshold for what ‘hate speech’ is). I hope @elonmusk takes a stand against this,” Lawton tweeted, to which Musk replied, “This sounds like an attempt to muzzle the voice of the Canadian people. »
Bill C-11 first appeared on Elon Musk’s radar in late October, after anti-Trudeau group Canada Proud asked the Space X founder if he wanted to participate. in the fight against liberal censorship.
Musk’s response to a question from Canada Proud asking if he was going to join the fight was “First time hearing about it.”
The bill, officially called the Online Broadcasting Act, aims to give the Trudeau Liberals the ability to censor controversial and unpopular speech on the internet.
As John Carpay of the Justice Center for Constitutional Freedoms described for The Post Millennial, the OSA’s stated goal isn’t particularly controversial: it’s to place influential streaming services like Netflix, Disney and Spotify under the authority of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).
“But under the LSA, the CRTC’s new authority will not be limited to these large entertainment giants. Rather, the LSA will give the CRTC the power to assume jurisdiction by regulation over any “program” (online audio or audiovisual content) that is “monetizable” because it “directly or indirectly generates revenue.” ”
This bill would, in essence, give the CRTC special powers that would allow it to regulate any online streaming service it wishes, including that of individuals.
“In the long run, the CRTC could end up regulating much of the content posted on mainstream social media, even when that content is generated or uploaded by nonprofit religious, political and charitable organizations,” says Carpay.
Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez, who sponsored the bill, has repeatedly said that C-11 does not target Canadians who create content like podcasts or videos, but that doesn’t appear to be the case. .
“The minister’s assertion is partly true,” explains Carpay. The LSA clarifies that users are not targeted as broadcasters, and the CRTC will not regulate videos and podcasts that do not generate revenue for the person uploading them or owning the rights to them. However, other sections of the LVMO create loopholes that would allow the CRTC to regulate podcasts and videos. What the LVMO gives with the right hand, it takes back with the left hand.
Michael Geist, a law professor at the University of Ottawa and critic of Bill C-11, argued that if the SA becomes law, the CRTC could regulate everything from podcasts to TikTok videos, as ” program ” .
Carpay writes: As individuals, Canadians using the Internet will not be regulated like broadcasters. However, podcasts and videos that Canadians produce and upload could fall under the authority of the CRTC as a “program.” Geist states that “the potential scope of the regulations is virtually unlimited, since any audio-visual service, anywhere, with Canadian subscribers or users is subject to the rules. »
“The CRTC will become more powerful than ever. It may require platforms to prioritize certain podcasts or videos, which will have the effect of deprioritizing other podcasts and videos. The entire audiovisual world will be considered a fair party, as if the entire world were to be subject to Canadian broadcasting jurisdiction. The CRTC itself will have the power to exempt, or not, certain services from its regulation.
According to Senator Paula Simons, the LSA will greatly increase the possibilities of regulatory control by giving the CRTC the power to force platforms to favor certain types of “Canadian” content. Large traditional media companies, with their funding established and production capacity already in place, will likely qualify as sufficiently “Canadian” and the OSE will have little impact on them. »