Canada: gag risk for gender critical feminism

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Le Canadian radical feminists raise the alarm: a Justin Trudeau's Liberal government's new bill, Bill C-10, could severely restrict or even prevent them from posting podcasts or films against gender identity or other gender-critical topics on social networks and across the web.

Canada: rischio bavaglio per il femminismo gender critical

The law would introduce in Canada the most regulated Internet in the free world. Bill C-10 was designed to promote 'Canadian content' onlinebut a amendment approved in recent days could allow the government to order the deletion of any uploads to Facebook, YouTube, Instagram or Twitter made by a Canadian user. The bill is also presented as a curbing online hatred. In fact, you can already be prosecuted in Canada if you post content online that is defamatory, infringes copyright, violates hate speech laws, or transmits illegal content such as child pornography. But Bill C-10 proposes to subject entire sectors of the Canadian online world to content supervision by a regulatory body, including podcasts, online videos and websites. According to opponents, Bill C-10 "does not merely violate freedom of expression, but constitutes a veritable assault on free speech and the foundations of democracy". The bill initially exempted social media and was presented as a way to regulate streaming services such as Netflix and Crave. But on Friday the clause exempting social media has been deleted. This implies that every single Canadian who posts on Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, Twitter or YouTube can be treated as a broadcaster subject to supervision and sanction. Social media providers should respond to every post on their platforms, as if it were a TV or radio programme. Indeed, C-10 has been acclaimed by supporters specifically for its power to silence online voices, including news sites, podcasts, blogs, political or activist group sites and even foreign websites that could be seen in Canada, although it is assured that Bill C-10 is only meant to regulate the actions of "web giants". Michael Geist, a lecturer at the University of Ottawa in Internet Law and Electronic Commerce, has been one of the most vocal critics of Bill C-10, which he considers to be "dangerous' and 'unforgivable'.

Canada: rischio bavaglio per il femminismo gender critical

Particularly worrying is that, as seen above, the ongoing collection of signatures against Bill C-10 was reported by Shinigami EyesGoogle extension, downloaded by tens of thousands of people, which makes the in red the names of sites and individual users from all over the world branded as homophobic and transphobic. scarlet letter to every single feminist and gender-critical website: for example, as you can see, also to Feminist Post.

Canada: rischio bavaglio per il femminismo gender critical

The fact that the petition against Bill C-10 also appears in the list of flagged items suggests that those who oppose the law are classified as homotransphobic. And therefore that the Canadian law will be widely used to target gender critical people and views, already pre-selected with Shinigami Eyes.

Marina Terragni

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