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Google has expressed concern over Canada’s plan to combat online hate, saying it is “susceptible to abuse”

by Merlin s

Google, a major tech company, is the first to voice its opinion on Canada’s plan to deal with harmful online content.

According to a blog article published by Google Canada Some components of the government proposal may be susceptible to manipulation, and could result in the suppression of excess information.

In July 2021, the government proposed a new Digital Safety Commission (DSC), which would be able to monitor and punish harmful content on major social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, YouTube, Pornhub, YouTube, YouTube, YouTube, YouTube, YouTube, YouTube, and YouTube.


Five types of hateful content were identified and the government requested that platforms monitor them within 24hrs of receiving complaints.

  • Hate speech
  • Child sexual exploitation content
  • Images of intimate relationships are shared non-consensually
  • Incitation to violence
  • Terrorist content

These categories would need to be monitored by the platforms within 24 hours after receiving complaints.

Google warns, however, that other platforms may be exploited to remove user-reported material within 24 hours in order to harass or limit free expression online.

According to the company, it is crucial to strike the right balance between speed and precision. For maximum effectiveness, user flags should not be used as “definitive statements of infractions” but rather as “signals” of potentially violative content.

Google claimed that around 300,000 videos were removed by YouTube in the second quarter 2021. This was out of 17.2 Million videos flagged to it by users. Google, however, removed 6.2 Million videos for violating its community guidelines. This shows that flagging is not an effective strategy to combat offensive content.

Google specifically warned against proactive monitoring content. This means scanning content for content that might fall within one of five hostile content categories, before it is posted.


“The imposition and monitoring of proactive activities could lead to the suppression of lawful expression… which would be incompatible with international democratic values.”

The proposal would require platforms to inform the RCMP and other law enforcement agencies whenever they are aware of hateful content. DSC, the new regulator could ask courts to order telecommunications companies not to allow access to platforms that do not remove content that encourages terrorist activity or child sexual exploitation.

The government first mentioned the terrorist attacks on a Quebec City mosque in 2017 and Christchurch mosque attacks in New Zealand in 2019. Online content was used to radicalize individuals, and social media platforms failed to remove the content.

Michael Geist, Canada Research Chair in Internet Law and E-Commerce Law, at the University of Ottawa says that the plan is “seriously flawed”. It was also opposed by civil rights and anti-hate groups, who share many of Google’s concerns about the internet.

He believes that artificial intelligence (AI) can help him achieve this goal. Google They will likely be able monitor information proactively, and could report it to the authorities.

These AI systems could be prejudiced, so “[that]”It creates significant problems, particularly for disadvantaged community,” he said.

Hate groups could also try to target anti-hate organizations to remove their content. Geist believes that there is a limit to Geist’s 24-hour response requirement. This is especially true if companies fail to respond within the time frame.

According to his opinion, Google “suggests that it will result in an increase in overblocking and under-removal. CEOs of companies have expressed concerns about the potential threat to freedom speech. “The threat extends to all the organisations we are trying to protect.”

Geist was one of hundreds of people who participated in the consultation process over the summer that began during the 2021 Canadian elections and ended only four days after the election.


His complaint is that the consultation was not transparent. Heritage Canada says that the government has not made public feedback received because it may contain confidential business information.

The Liberal government however, has promised to introduce legislation protecting consumers online within the first 100 day following the election.

Geist stated that “trying to accelerate a badly flawed, widely decried policy based upon non-transparent consultation” is not a good step in the right direction. It is also possible that constitutional challenges could be filed in future.”

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