First-ever federal internet controls will not apply to podcasts or other content uploaded by individual “social media creators,” cabinet said yesterday. Exemptions were spelled out in a legal notice by Heritage Minister Pascale St-Onge.

“The CRTC is directed not to impose regulatory requirements on online undertakings in respect of the programs of social media creators including podcasts and broadcasting undertakings in respect to the transmission of video games,” said the Minister’s final Directions To The CRTC. The regulations take effect November 22.

Parliament on April 27 passed Bill C-11 An Act To Amend The Broadcasting Act, the first federal legislation to regulate legal internet content. “It’s about leveling the playing field,” Minister St-Onge said yesterday.

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