Majority of Canadians oppose government censorship of speech online


A majority of Canadians are against the federal government censoring speech on the internet, a Privy Council research study shows. According to Blacklock’s Reporter, the study, which gauged Canadians’ reactions to combating misinformation and hate speech, revealed that over half of respondents opposed government regulation. “Please give your opinion on the following statement: The government should restrict access to the internet and social media to combat the spread of misinformation about COVID-19,” the study asked. In response, 58% of people disagreed with the statement, while 46% strongly disagreed. Meanwhile, only 4% of Canadians strongly agreed with government measures to censor speech. The study was conducted by Léger, who were paid $248,343 by the Privy Council Office for their services.

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