Apr 23, 2022

By Steve Kee

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A proposed law tackling online harm could end up hurting those it was designed to protect.

That’s the concern for some members of the L-G-B-T-Q community, Indigenous people and racialized groups, who told a government consultation that it could limit their online freedoms and even make them police targets.

The law is designed to clamp down on hate speech and abuse — including against women and racialized, Jewish, Muslim and LGBTQ Canadians — by blocking certain websites and forcing platforms to swiftly remove hateful content.

But Canadians from some of these groups said the internet is one of the few platforms where free speech is possible for them and that the law could curtail their rights.

Plans for a law clamping down on hate speech and abuse, as well as certain sexual content, are now being considered by an expert panel appointed by Heritage Minister


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