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Trudeau shines once again with a new “Digital Charter” he proposed

Updated: May 18, 2019

Assad Sharifi Symposium Media (17/05/2019)

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during a town hall meeting in Bellevile, Ont. Photo by Assad Sharifi

while talking at the Viva Technology conference in Paris, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau revealed that his government will hold social media companies to account for allowing hate speech and extremism.

"The platforms are failing their users and they're failing our citizens," said Trudeau. "They have to step up in a major way to counter disinformation and if they don't, we will hold them to account and there will be meaningful financial consequences," he elaborated.

This charter stems from Christchurch massacre where 51 Muslim worshipers were gunned down.

This new charter opens the way for some media companies to be prosecuted within Canada who spread either religious, linguistic, or political hate.

This new “Digital Charter” will prepare Canada to fight hate speech, misinformation (fake news), and interferences in Canadian election system, Trudeau told the conference in Paris.

Prime Minister Trudeau said the Christchurch massacre in New Zealand, where the assassin livestreamed his brutality must be a catalyst for change.

"When 51 people were gunned down at a mosque in New Zealand and the attacker streamed it live, it wasn't a wake-up call, it was the last straw for government leaders, companies ... and for citizens around the world."

At the end of the Paris conference, Google, Twitter, and Facebook also pledged to prevent their platforms being used by hatemongers and extremists.

The new “Digital Charter” will be fully revealed in the coming days.

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