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Canada’s Digital Charter to overhaul laws and address fake news

Canada has launched its new Digital Charter, designed to protect citizens and regulate social media platforms. Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau said the charter will target fake news and online hate speech, stating that platforms are failing users and Canadian citizens. "Platforms 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 meaningful financial consequences," Trudeau said. The charter is based on 10 principles: Universal Access Safety and Security Control and Consent Transparency, Portability and Interoperability Open and Modern Digital Government A Level Playing Field Data and Digital for Good Strong Democracy Free from Hate and Violent Extremism Strong Enforcement and Real Accountability Social media platforms must be held accountable for the hate speech & disinformation we see online – and if they don’t step up, there will be consequences. We launched Canada's new Digital Charter today to guide our decisions, learn more about it here: https://t.co/SH7mpyojsj pic.twitter.com/V2C0TmR49b — Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) May 21, 2019 On agenda: Hate speech, penalties, amending the Privacy Act Canada's minister for innovation, science, and economic development Navdeep Bains launched the charter, which outlines what the government will do to address issues like universal access and online hate. The charter builds on the Christchurch Call to Action, which Canada also signed, and will ensure that Canadians "can trust new digital technologies and that their data and privacy will be safe". There are proposals to amend the Personal Information Protection and Electronic…

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