It seems Canada is getting more dystopian by the day.
The country may soon start censoring and regulating streaming services and social media platforms, as well as forcing podcasters to register with the government in order to use them.
“You don’t want a regulated internet podcast council,” Glenn Beck warns.
The Online Streaming Act, formerly Bill C-11, goes into effect November 28th. This means that any online streaming service that operates in Canada and generates revenue of more than $10 million in any given year will have to register with CRTC.
Toronto Sun political columnist Brian Lilley wrote a simple X message to the Canadian government regarding the new rule: “Go to hell.”
Glenn wonders if simple messages like Lilley’s will be allowed in the future, and Lilley isn’t so sure.
“I don’t know. This is a bizarre act, you know,” Lilley says. “Sometimes politicians pass a law that’s very prescriptive, and it details everything. Other times they pass a broad law, and then they leave the rest up to regulation.”
While some Canadians believe the new bill will not lead to censorship, Lilley isn’t on the same page.
“It could, and that’s a problem because so much of it is left up to regulation of our broadcast regulator, which has done such a bang-up job that they’re going to regulate the internet now,” Lilley says.
“The Trudeau government looked and said, ‘We need to update the broadcast act for the online age, great. Let’s put in all kinds of stuff that could lead to bad places. Let’s make it so that our civil servants, our appointees will control what can be said online,’” he adds.
He notes that if someone in Canada is doing what Tucker Carlson does in America, your videos will be regulated.
“We’re in a very dangerous place,” Lilley says.
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