Jordan Peterson, a popular Canadian psychologist and author, challenged his government to “just try to regulate [his] YouTube channel and see what’s going on. ”
Peterson clashed with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Twitter over Trudeau’s support for a law called “censorship billBy The Post Millennial. If passed, the law could potentially regulate user-generated social media content and subject some users to broadcasting regulations if they have a large audience.
“I have a million more YouTube subscribers than our national broadcaster CBC,” Peterson tweeted. “So, does that make me a broadcaster to be regulated by Trudeau’s pathetic minions?” Or does it simply indicate that Radio-Canada is a failure, despite the fortune it takes in public subsidies? “
– Dr Jordan B Peterson (@jordanbpeterson) May 13, 2021
Bill C-10 would expand the Canadian Broadcasting Act which regulates content from licensed television and radio broadcasters. A member of Trudeau’s cabinet, Steven Guilbeault, said on a CTV News show interview, that the law “should” regulate the content created by those “acting as broadcasters”, who have “millions of viewers” and “generate a lot of money on social networks”.
Guilbeault later returned its claim that users could be regulated, according to The Post Millennial. He clarified that he had previously used “unclear language” and suggested that only social media platforms could be considered broadcasters. The clause guaranteeing the protection of user-generated content on social networks was withdrawn in committee, the Toronto Star reported.
Peterson called the CBC, one of the largest broadcasting organizations in Canada, saying, “Your heavily subsidized but once admired and credible public broadcaster is now ideologically foolish, propagandist, outdated and increasingly despised or ignored. And now, do you dare to extend your incompetent governance to other forms of media? “
This is not the first time that Peterson has championed free speech. He is famous talked against Bill C-16, which in 2017 criminalized use the wrong pronouns to refer to someone. Fox Company reported in 2018 that Peterson “suspected[ed]“That his overt disapproval of the C-16 led Google to“ shut down ”its YouTube and Google email accounts“ for about a day. ”In 2019, he, along with the host of BlazeTV Dave rubin, left the Patreon crowdfunding platform when the site changed its rules to to justify ban defenders of freedom of expression. Rubin created Locals, an alternative to Patreon, and Peterson started Thinkspot, a hosting service for a variety of types of content.
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