STOP ONLINE HATE

Social Media Platforms Are Playing An ACTIVE Role In Spreading Online Hate.

Ever notice that your newsfeed isn’t in chronological order?

 

That’s because social media platforms’ algorithms filter and organize your newsfeed so that you see what they think you’ll be most engaged with.
Sometimes that that engaging content is controversial, sensationalized and or hateful content because it drives up interactions.

Anti-Hate Speech Laws Have Been REMOVED and Current Laws Are INEFFECTIVE In Prosecuting And Combatting Online Hate.

With the removal of section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act in 2013, Canada’s current laws fail to adequately address hate speech of any kind, let alone online hate. Instead, the law requires a complicated and often unsuccessful criminal prosecution to prosecute and remove any hate speech.

WHAT NEEDS TO CHANGE

Our Legislative Proposal

  • That there be a robust definition of hate speech that encapsulates cases of veiled racism and fake news, and that does not require proof of intent. 
  • That social media companies be compelled to remove hate speech expeditiously. 
  • That an AI (artificial intelligence) or otherwise automated identification and notification tool be developed and adopted to flag hate speech for removal. 
  • That a tribunal be set up to make determinations of whether content constitutes hate speech and is empowered to compel the removal or re-upload of content.  
  • That penalties be sufficiently high to discourage social media companies from allowing harmful material on their platforms, as opposed to a “cost of business”. 
  • That at least some portion of those penalties be provided to injured parties and communities

KEY UPDATE: 

The Government Has Finally Taken Action 

(Sort of…) 

On July 29th 2021, as Canada was gearing up for the federal elections, the government released a technical paper outlining a proposed approach to tackling online hate and other illegal content on social media platforms.

The framework sets out:

  • which entities would be subject to the new rules;
  • what types of harmful content would be regulated;
  • new rules and obligations for regulated entities; and
  • two new regulatory bodies and an Advisory Board to administer and oversee the new framework and enforce its rules and obligations.

CCNC-SJ’s submissions on the Canadian Government’s proposed approach to
address harmful content online 

September 28, 2021
CCNC-SJ has made recommendations and raised issues on the following:
  • The appointment, role and powers of the advisory board.
  • The burden placed on victims by the legislation to report and appeal instances of hate.
  • The lack of clarity on the third-party report process.
  • The lack of clear uniformity in the reporting process.
  • The lack of more stringent enforcement measures.
  • The lack of clarity and guidelines concerning the role of police.
  • The need for more research on social media algorithms and how people respond to regulation.
  • Better measures of efficacy and adaptability of regulations.

A Third Party Tech Solution

CCNC-SJ is working with others, including the Schwartz Reizman Institute’s Professor Ishtiaque Ahmed to harness and develop Artificial Intelligence tools and algorithmic learning to track hate speech on social media. 

Our tool will identify trends in hate speech, identify and fact check with the option of hiding online hate and fake news in social media posts.

NATIONAL FORUM SUPPORTING LEGISLATION TO COMBAT ONLINE HATE

The spread of online hate speech and malicious disinformation have weaponized social media and directly contributed to the global increase of real-world hate crimes and terrorist attacks around the world.

An important part of the solution is to establish national legislation to combat online hate.

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