Is the government trying to regulate the videos you post? What you need to know about Bill C-10

Is the government trying to regulate the videos you post? What you need to know about Bill C-10
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OTTAWA -- Over the last few weeks, concerns have been growing over the suggestion that the federal government is leaving the door open in new legislation to allowing what you post online to be subject to federal regulations.

By removing protections for individuals content as part of a series of changes to federal broadcasting law, the worry is that the trendy dance clips or the latest funny dog video you uploaded to YouTube or Instagram could be controlled or monitored.

The conversation has been prompted as part of ongoing changes to Bill C-10, which is aimed at imposing regulations on social media companies and streaming giants, similar to those that traditional television and radio broadcasters are subjected to.

After sustained criticism from internet and free speech experts, as well as some members of Parliament, Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault is promising to rework the legislation.

Hes now vowing to make it crystal clear that the government is only planning to go after tech giants and professional online audio or video such as television, movies, music, or podcasts, rather than individual Canadians social media posts.

So, how did we get here, and what happens now? Heres what you need to know.

Bill C-10 was tabled in the House of Commons by Guilbeault in November 2020.

, the focus of the bill was on bringing increasingly popular and profitable streaming giants such as Netflix, Crave, Spotify, and Amazon Prime Video under regulation by the Canadian Radio-television and telecommunications Commission (CRTC), in a similar way to traditional broadcasters. These changes would result in online platforms having to spend millions of dollars on supporting Canadian content and creators.
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