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From the Winnipeg Free Press–

OTTAWA – The Liberal government will introduce legislation to create a new regulator that will ensure online platforms remove harmful content, including depictions of children and intimate images that are shared without consent.

Speaking to the House of Commons ethics committee, Public Safety Minister Bill Blair said Monday that sexual exploitation of children online presents jurisdictional challenges because perpetrators and victims can be located anywhere in the world.

Images of victims of child sexual abuse can be shared on platforms that may be headquartered in one country, but legally registered in another with servers in different countries, he said.

He said this reality affects the ability of Canadian law enforcement agencies to investigate and prosecute those responsible.

“It is unacceptable that victims have encountered difficulties in getting companies to remove this illegal content,” Blair said.

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