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Feb 23
The Canadian government has proposed legislation (Bill C-36) where people can be taken to court and penalized if they’re suspected of being ABOUT TO post something hateful online.

An individual would be able to report another PREEMPTIVELY for something they haven’t said yet.
Alarming aspects, in ascending order:

1) Fuzzy and circular definition of “hateful” speech (“involves detestation…stronger than dislike”)

2) Encouraging citizens to report on one another — creepy

3) The ability to punish people for something they haven’t actually done yet (!)
While this legislation hasn’t been passed so far, it’s noteworthy that it was proposed at all, and the people who did so are currently in power.

The bill is here:…

The key part is after “The Act is amended by adding the following after section 810.‍011…”
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Jan 26
At Substack, we don’t make moderation decisions based on public pressure or PR considerations.

An important principle for us is defending free expression, even for stuff we personally dislike or disagree with. We understand principles come at a cost. 🧵
I’m proud of our decision to defend free expression, even when it’s hard, because:

1) We want a thriving ecosystem full of fresh and diverse ideas. That can’t happen without the freedom to experiment, or even to be wrong.
2) People already mistrust institutions, media, and each other.

Knowing that dissenting views are being suppressed makes that mistrust worse.

Withstanding scrutiny makes truths stronger, not weaker.
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