Canada + online hate

Researchers have just identified a vast army of far-right internet trolls -- in Canada! Now experts are calling for a new law to force social media bosses to clamp down on hate. If we turn this into a national story Justin Trudeau will have to pay attention. Add your name:

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Researchers have just identified a vast army of far-right internet trolls -- in Canada! They turned up more than 6000 social media accounts and pages pumping violent and racist propaganda to millions worldwide.

This stuff has deadly consequences -- like the man, inspired by these messages, who allegedly walked into a Toronto massage parlour and brutally murdered 24-year-old Ashley Arzaga with a machete.

But there’s a way Canada can clean up this mess. The UK has just drafted a tough new law that would force social media bosses to protect users from harmful content, and experts are urging the Canadian government to adopt it too.

If we can turn this into... a national story, Justin Trudeau will have to pay attention. Add your name and let’s pile on the pressure -- when enough of us sign we’ll take out a full page newspaper ad to deliver our message.

Tell Justin Trudeau: hate has no place in Canada, stop these extremists now

This isn't just a US problem. Online hate in Canada is off the charts. Far-right groups have tripled in recent years. And per internet user Canadians post more on extremist message board 4Chan than any other country.

Facebook and others claim to be taking action but the numbers show they can’t be trusted to police themselves. And experts say creating a “duty of care” for social media companies would finally force them to clamp down on toxic content.

Justin Trudeau has said tackling hate speech is a top priority but he's done almost nothing about it. Let’s hold his feet to the fire and make sure he follows through on his promise.

Tell Justin Trudeau: hate has no place in Canada, stop these extremists now

This is the kind of fight our movement was built for -- using our collective strength to protect each other from the rising forces of the far-right. And we’ve shown we can do it, like when we helped pressure Shopify to finally ban hate groups like the Proud Boys from selling items through its platform.

Let’s act together now to hold social media companies to account and help turn off the taps of hate.

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Thanks for all that you do,
Olivia and the team at SumOfUs


More information:

Canadians among most active in online right-wing extremism, research finds CBC, June 19, 2020
Over 6,600 right-wing extremist social media channels, accounts linked to Canada, study finds Global News, June 19, 2020


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