Canada unveils plans to make online hate speech an offense punishable by $16,000

The government of Canada unveiled plans on Wednesday to criminalize online hate speech. Social media platforms are currently excluded from the proposed legislation. The Criminal Code and the Human Rights Act of Canada have been amended following an attack on a Muslim family. Moreover, the driver of a truck that rammed a family home in Ontario on June 6 faces terrorism and murder charges.

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If the person found guilty of hate speech that personally identified a victim, they could be fined up to C$20,000. Moreover, Ottawa plans to ask the public for feedback on proposals to hold those operators more accountable in near future.

Source: Gizmodo