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GUNTER: The danger of regulating online content

Toronto Sun: 'The government says the bill explicitly exempts personal pages and posts, but many experts contend the definition of what constitutes a “professional” page is overly vague. Lots of individuals could unexpectedly find themselves deemed pros and, therefore, subject to the same regulation (and fines) as the big operators.


'There is also concern that the bill contains a wrinkle that would enable regulators to deem any personal content posted to a professional site such as Facebook, Twitter or YouTube to be “professional” and subject to removal without warrant or judicial review.


'Moreover, online news services, network news producers and newspapers are still going to be told by the Liberals’ how they must present content.


'Canadian content and Canadian news first, for instance.'

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