Canadian News Jan 26, 2021 9:07 PM EST

BREAKING: Trudeau minister says online hate legislation coming 'very soon'

"Hate speech has no place in our society. It's time to step up against online hate. The numbers are disturbing, but they come as no surprise."

BREAKING: Trudeau minister says online hate legislation coming 'very soon'
Roberto Wakerell-Cruz Montreal, QC
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Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault said today that "online hate" legislation would be coming "very soon," also citing two polls—one showing that 93 percent of Canadians believe that online hate speech and racism are a problem, and another showing that 80 percent of Canadians want companies to be required to remove racist or hateful content within 24 hours.

Today in Parliament, Guilbeault said "the conclusions of this survey are clear. Hate speech has no place in our society. It's time to step up against online hate. The numbers are disturbing, but they come as no surprise."

He continued, "Almost half of Canadians either have experienced or seen violent and hateful content online. Canadians want us to act and that's exactly why we intend to introduce legislation. Our approach will acquire online platforms to eliminate illegal content such as hate speech, terrorist and violent extremism, child pornography, and the non-consensual sharing of intimate images online."

Guilbeault has recently said that his department is working on legislation that would "move the burden of being able to take down a video from the individual who's a victim of this to the companies."

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