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Trudeau’s Party Passes Bill to Regulate Social Media, Streaming

  • Move would prioritize Canadian content, echoing broadcast law
  • But critics say it threatens free speech on user-driven sites
Justin Trudeau.
Justin Trudeau.Photographer: Thierry Monasse/Bloomberg

Canadian lawmakers passed a controversial bill that aims to regulate programming distributed by media streaming services and social platforms like Facebook and YouTube, a measure that critics warn could infringe on individual speech.

The legislation drafted by Justin Trudeau’s government, known as Bill C-10, is meant to subject tech giants to the same requirements as traditional broadcasters -- effectively compelling companies like Netflix Inc. and TikTok Inc. to finance and promote Canadian content. It’s among the most far-reaching plans by governments anywhere to regulate the algorithms tech companies use to amplify or recommend content.