The federal heritage minister will soon introduce legislation aimed at compelling companies to do a better job of policing illegal content posted online — something victims of child pornography and their advocates have long called for. CBC News has agreed not to reveal her identity for her protection.
Whoever is managing them right now isn't doing a good job. The woman said she was 14 when she performed sexual acts online with a man who professed to be her boyfriend but who was secretly recording her.
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Constantly having to relive my trauma," she said. Stalked and harassed online and in real life, she spent several years trying to get social media platforms and adult websites to remove the explicit video, sometimes sending s impersonating lawyers or her parents.
Now, the federal government is working on legislation that may help rein in the darker elements of the online world. Canadian Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault says his department is working on legislation "to move the burden of being able to take down a video from the individual who's a victim of this to the companies.
A December mandate letter sent to Guilbeault by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called for his department to create new regulations that would require social media platforms and adult websites operating in Canada to remove illegal content within 24 hours or face "ificant penalties.
That should include rules around hate speech, the letter said, as well as "radicalization, incitement to violence, exploitation of children, or creation or distribution of terrorist propaganda. The heritage minister says the coming regulations will apply to any company operating in Canada, regardless of where they are registered, where their head offices are located or where their servers exist. And guess what? It's working Companies are changing their behaviour to comply with these laws and regulations.
The heritage minister could not say yet if Canada's new rules would involve an existing regulator or if a new one will need to be created. The regulations have been in the works for months, but the issue gained international attention in December, after survivors of child pornography told CBC News and the New York Times that Pornhub — owned by Montreal-based pornography company MindGeek — had allowed users to post illegal videos on its site.
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The accusations prompted Pornhub to introduce new rules allowing only "properly identified users" to content to the website. Millions of videos have already been removed. The company says it "has instituted an industry-leading trust and safety policy to identify and eradicate illegal material from our community.
New Democrat MP Charlie Angus, the party's ethics and privacy critic, has been on several committees dealing with the issue of revenge porn. And why is that? If they are seen as distributing child pornography and could be charged, you will see a dramatic cleanup. The federal Justice and Public Safety departments say they're looking at that possibility as they draft the legislation, which is to be introduced early in the new year.
Shannon Stubbs, the Conservative shadow minister for public safety and emergency preparedness, also called on the Liberal government to take stronger action to combat the issues of revenge porn and child pornography. Canada and other members of the Five Eyes intelligence alliance — the United States, Britain, Australia and New Zealand — recently issued a statement that recommits to pushing global tech giants to adopt voluntary principles around the identification, disclosure and removal of online child sexual exploitation content.
It has a powerful web crawler, Project Arachnidthat searches the internet for illegal images and sends take-down notices to platforms. The internet, to this point, has been "the Wild West," said y Arnason, the centre's associate executive director.
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We've decided adults and children get to play together online, and we've trusted that companies will manage their platforms properly. What those s tell you is that Arachnid is finding this content faster than we can assess it for removal notices to be sent. The centre is one of the few organizations in the world collecting and acting on this kind of data, and it could help the federal government by making that information available, Arnason said.
Arnason said she wants to see companies implement age-verification for anyone watching and ing sexual images, as well as anyone appearing in them. Karen Pauls is an award-winning journalist who has been a national news reporter in Manitoba since Karen has worked in Washington and was the correspondent in Berlin, Germany, for three months incovering the selection of Pope Francis in Rome.
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