The House of Commons rejected Derek Sloan’s move to “strongly defend the rights of parliamentarians against the outside interference of social media companies” and to “officially sanction Facebook and Twitter for their actions in suppressing parliamentary speech.”
Independent MP Sloan (Hastings—Lennox and Addington) proposed the motion after a Liberal MP told him that he should “rethink his choices” if social media companies are suppressing his press conferences.
Mr. Speaker, last week I hosted a Parliamentary press conference on the censorship of Canadian doctors and medical experts. Their testimony was truly shocking. Unfortunately, Facebook stopped my livestream in mid-conference. Despite this, the full press conference is now the most viewed video in history on CPAC‘s YouTube channel, with over 500,000 views.
However, on Facebook and Twitter, they’re still restricting the sharing of this video on their platforms.
Given the importance to democracy, of Canadians seeing official parliamentary functions, does the minister denounce this censorship by Big Tech?
Liberal MP Jennifer O’Connell (Pickering—Uxbridge) answered:
Mr. Speaker, when it comes to the dissemination of misinformation and regarding this pandemic, I think the member opposite should…understand his role and responsibility as a parliamentarian and the trust that his constituents placed in him, this pandemic is serious, requires a serious response, and I would urge him to follow the rules. If Facebook won’t even allow what he’s saying to be put up, perhaps, Mr. Speaker, he should rethink his choices.
“I’m afraid that’s all the time we have for question period today,” said the Speaker.
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