Canadian Telco Regulator Turns Down Request To Block Site
from the good-move dept
Yesterday, we wrote about the effort up in Canada to have the telco regulator up there force ISPs in the country to block content that is considered “hate speech.” As we noted, this was the wrong way of going about things. Blocking the content at the ISP-level wouldn’t change anyone’s mind about the content (on either side) and simply opened up a lot of other problematic situations. If the content is illegal, it should be dealt with — but asking it to be blocked by third party ISPs who have nothing to do with the content is the wrong approach. Luckily, it appears the Canadian regulators agree. They have turned down the request, saying it’s premature to order the content blocked — though, they want to get input from others on the issues at hand. Again, this seems like a situation that should be dealt with more directly. If the content is in violation of the terms of service where it’s hosted (Google’s Blogger platform) it can be dealt with at that level. If the content is illegal (which it may be) then it should be dealt with by law enforcement. Simply asking the content to be blocked by ISPs doesn’t help anyone, and simply gets a totally unrelated third party involved while not dealing with the core issue. In the meantime, all this effort has done is given the hate speech a lot more attention and a lot more credibility than it actually deserves.