Letter: Chat rooms and websites a forum for bullies to spread hatred, pornography, and racism

Canada has have fallen behind on the necessary laws to protect all Canadians dealing with the internet, notes Cran Campbell.

Cran Campbell writes that the internet can be used as a tool for spreading hate.

Editor: It’s past the time to have hate crime legislation in the Canadian Human Rights Act to deal with the internet, and it needs to be expanded to include bullying.

We as a country have fallen behind on the necessary laws to protect all Canadians dealing with the internet, the chat rooms where hatred and threats are common and internet webpages and search engine links that display lies, child pornography, racism, and recruitment for hatred against all peoples of the world.

It’s time for the Internet to grow up.

Individuals have rights, too, to live within their communities and country with safety and dignity.

Their lives are equal to their neighbour’s or to the person who they don’t even know who resides on the other side of their nation.

These chat rooms and websites, where people hide their real names to spew out their threats, hatred and recruitment for individuals to kill, threaten, incite hatred, bully or harass people, the owner of the website with the individual should be held responsible.

Why the owner?

Because they have the means to prevent these type of postings, they contribute the means to distribute a very destructive message to children and to our society, and our country.

Responsibility doesn’t  just lie with the government; everyone involved holds a share of this burden to live in a secure and caring society.

This country I live in is my home.

It has a name, it holds a commonwealth of people of ethnic, religious and cultural diversity, but we are only known as Canada, a nation of Canadians

Cran Campbell, Langley

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