A contentious bill enacted by Canadian legislators intends to control programs delivered by streaming video platforms such as Facebook and YouTube, a step that might limit individual freedom of expression according to the opponents.
Bill C-10, prepared by Justin Trudeau’s administration, is intended to hold digital titans to the same standards as conventional broadcasters, essentially forcing businesses like Netflix Inc. and Tik-Tok Inc. to fund and promote Canadian content.
It’s one of the most comprehensive measures ever proposed by a government to control the algorithms used by internet firms to magnify or promote material.
This act to Amend the Broadcasting may have been an influence on individual expression regarding social media and digital platforms, in the era when everyone can be a publisher and depend on user-generated material.
The bill must clear the Senate, a procedure that might be stymied by a presidential election later this year, which would effectively kill the plan. However, it is uncertain if the bill would become law.
A new administration will have to go through the legislative process all over again if the regulations are to be implemented if by any chance this happens.
Trudeau’s government hailed its passage. “There are other issues we have to address when it comes to broadcasting and creation, and we will,” Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault said during the final debate Monday evening. “Bill C-10 is the first step in that direction.”