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Canada’s heritage department will detail internet censorship rules Thursday to be enforced under a bill that has yet to pass Parliament. Legal but hurtful content deemed to “undermine Canada’s social cohesion or democracy” will be banned, reported Blacklock’s. Twitter posts are “undermining Canada’s democracy,” said Canada’s Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault previously in a briefing note, who is urging regulation of hurtful comments for “a truly democratic debate.” “This content steals and damages lives,” wrote the staff. “It intimidates and obscures valuable voices, preventing a truly democratic debate.” Today’s announcement released technical documents “on a proposed approach to combat harmful content online.” Hate speech is already outlawed under the 1970 amendments to the Criminal Code. Cabinet on June 23 introduced Bill C-36, An Act To Amend The Criminal Code that would allow the Canadian Human Rights Commission to investigate Facebook comments, blog posts, tweets or other content deemed to promote “detestation or vilification.” Penalties include $70,000 fines.

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