CHRC says No ‘free pass’ for online comments

Joseph Brean sums up the proceedings so far in Day 1 of the conclusion of the Section 13(1) Constitutional Challenge.

Joseph Brean – National Post – CHRC says No ‘free pass’ for online comments

Athanasios Hadjis, who is hearing the case on behalf of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, questioned whether this applies even to messages that appear briefly, and without the owners knowledge or consent. He used the example of the CBC, which operates several chat forums for readers to discuss news stories, and asked what would happen if a hateful message somehow got past automatic filters and live editors.

He alluded to allegations that CHRC investigators themselves have even posted controversial comments to gain the trust of the operators of target websites.

“Suppose it’s a fine line, and the operator has a nice disclaimer at the beginning… and then someone goes and crosses that line, and that someone may be who knows who. Is that fair to the message board operator?” Mr. Hadjis said.

Without commenting on the CBC directly, Ms. Blight said there is no “free pass” for anyone.

Oh Oh that means the CBC must be in trouble right? The CBC message boards are often a festival of Anti-Christian Hate.

As if, Blight.