A proposed new law would give the government the power to filter what Canadians see in their news feeds, on YouTube and on social media. It also could block the next Justin Bieber.
It’s worth remembering that the Canadian government is a duly elected one. It’s amazing how many “educated” people will knowingly vote away their freedom. Then again, us Americans would rather elect a walking corpse than Donald Trump. As they say, elections do have consequences. I hope saner voter minds one day prevail both here and in Canada.
Bill C-11, Mohan explained, would mean “that when viewers come to the YouTube homepage, they’re served content that a Canadian Government regulator has prioritized, rather than content they are interested in.”
A nation that votes to tyrannize itself is not worthy of discussion.
Canadians have installed a fool to rule themselves and, given the chance to rid themselves of him, demurred.
What's our excuse?
What I find to be truly astounding is that so many individuals who are ardently against government censorship perpetuated by the political left in cahoots with Big Tech seem to have no problem demanding that the American government trample all over the First Amendment and ban TikTok.
This particular article and the excellent work that Matt Taibbi has done reporting on the Twitter Files and defending the First Amendment against government censorship and overreach in the name of supposedly combating misinformation suggests that Americans suffer from a certain degree of cognitive dissonance. Our clarity when it comes to free speech and our pushback against the notion that the government should paternalistically decide for us what content we can or can't consume seem to go out the window the moment it comes to an app that happens to be based in China.
I’m very curious what Bari’s position is on a possible ban of TikTok. The Free Press published an article a while back arguing for such a ban. My impression is that most of the readers here would be in favor of a ban as well. This seems totally contradictory to and inconsistent with the philosophical viewpoint of The Free Press and its readership on virtually every other free speech issue non-China related.
Despite the anti-woke community rightfully highlighting the dangers to free speech posed by the political left in this country, I find it ironic that progressives like AOC and Jaamal Bowman are the ones coming out to defend TikTok against a ban in part on First Amendment grounds, although to be fair Republican Senator Rand Paul recently did the same as well. Meanwhile staunchly anti-woke conservatives like Josh Hawley or Ron DeSantis who’ve railed for years against the dangers of woke censorship can’t seem to wait to step all over the First Amendment by pushing for a ban of TikTok.
Threats to free speech seem to abound from all sources. Each day we seem to be moving a step closer towards authoritarianism and becoming the very thing that we claim to despise the most. The biggest irony? TikTok is actually also banned in China. The Chinese version is called Douyin.
We live in truly interesting times.
The least of Canada’s worries should be inhibiting content creators. This story is 100% about information control - Canada is in serious trouble.
You can 'nuance' anything you want while bypassing this fact:
In 2022 the Canadian Government froze the bank accounts - VIOLATED ALL OF THEIR RIGHTS - of the Truckers who were protesting in the name of freedom and jailed their 'leader' Tamara Lich without due process.
Someday we will figure out what is going on. Some of us have already.
Do you view yourself first and foremost a citizen of the world or a citizen of the United States? I pose this question often especially to those under 35. Try this at your next dinner party or family gathering. The answers will tell you a lot about the mess we find ourselves in.
The RESTRICT act currently before Congress feels even worse than what is being discussed here. Our government is once again attempting to cross the line in a way that feels oppressive and against American core values.
Comrade Trudeau doesn’t want any of his countrymen to have freedom beyond what his Supreme Leadership allows!
Young Trudeau is intent on winning the race to the bottom, and anyone or anything that impedes that downward progress causes a tantrum. Reminds me of similar people in this country.
Trudeau has long been the love child of the WEF, and the Freedom Convoy forced him to tip his hand. He is an authoritarian thug who seeks nothing less than complete dominance over what people can and cannot do, think, say and believe. He should be shown the door as soon as Canadians can have an opportunity to do so and invited never to return to anything that resembles power.
So if this bill had been around in 2007 we could have been spared Bieber? Arghhh
Canada! Stop voting for politicians like your current PM, he is a dictator wannabe. What he did to the truckers should have fineness you all you needed to know about what he thinks government is for.
The agenda is to control the media totally. Fractionation is a method of controlling the masses. So it’s important to have total control of the media. Personally it seems like they already have control of the masses. And have indoctrinated them to there agenda. Don’t forget the masses are voting for this stuff to happen for there very own safety. A country like Australia is being taken over without so much as a whimper because the majority feel safe being taken over together. The United States of America’s DOD(the Army who I understand now are the experts in biological things) handled the manufacturer and rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine for The Australian Government. Seems like a lot of world Governments are marching to the New Agenda.
No surprise from Justin Trudeau, who in 2013 expressed his public admiration for China because it was a dictatorship and so could move quickly on environmental issues
This is not only Trudeau - many governments are afraid and are trying different control laws disguised as "good for you" acts. He is not the only one. I lived through a 3rd world dictatorship and amazes me to see these Western countries easily falling under the spell of power and censorship (starts as subtle like this) . I thought we had weak institutions but the so called developed world is fast-tracking to a Banana Republic state.
Justin Trudeau is the poster child for the Woke Elite in the West morphing into the age-old dictators of the East. The new elites are still systemically and patriarchally elite (generational wealth, class and education), but seemingly repulsed by it (the woke part) and deconstructing the model (in the name of egalitarianism) while destroying democracy, individual liberty and personal achievement for all but themselves (because not everyone can be Woke). They may very well get the collective they seek but perhaps not the one they think. The citizens of the world will revolt under this increased enforced tyranny and oppression. Not just in individual countries as we see in Hong Kong, Ukraine, Sri Lanka, Iran, Israel but in all the world together. The dictators (both old and revisionist like Trudeau) know this is the real power of social media, and once ignited, won’t be able to put down the revolution of all the world’s people. The real World War III and birth of a new human paradigm IF we all stop succumbing to their, once again, age-old tactic of divide and conquer. Even if we all retreat and become nationalist and populist for awhile to achieve this locally, the citizens of country and citizens of the world mindset must stick together to overcome singular authority and rule. Freedom is their greatest fear and unity our greatest weapon.