Canadia’s Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault recently proposed forcing news websites and social media companies to register with the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to obtain government-approved licenses.

A proposal in the report titled “Canada’s communications future: Time to act,” suggests any company releasing “audio, audiovisual, and alphanumeric news content” be forced to register with the state and be regulated by the CRTC.

Canadian news outlet CTV reported on Sunday that Guilbeault believes, “if the government is to adopt recommendations laid out by an expert panel, licensing enforcement likely won’t be applied the same way for small media groups as it will be for global tech giants.”

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