Musk responded to a post on X, formerly Twitter, by a former Trump State Department official who pointed to the connection between NewsGuard and the European Union's new 'disinformation code,' the Digital Services Act.
The Department of Canadian Heritage, headed by Minister Pascale St-Onge, proposed a $7.1 million-a year program called the Digital Citizen Initiative, to keep up surveillance on internet users who promote 'fake news.'
In language which recalls the Online Safety Bill, which passed its last reading on September 19, the proposed Media Bill aims to reduce public exposure to 'harmful' content – created by non-mainstream sources.
'Who would ever have imagined that in Canada the federal government would pass laws banning people from effectively seeing the news? Who would have thought that we’d have a government that would pass a law to manipulate the algorithms of the internet so that Canadians only see what the prime minister wants them to see?'