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BC Government and social media Veterans online called it a “historic collaboration” for youth safety.

A joint statement from Premier David Abbey and representatives meta, GoogleThe parent of Snapchat, TikTok,

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BC takes steps to protect people from harm online

At their first meeting earlier this month, the group says they discussed collaboration on a broader scale because online predators targeting children in B.C. don’t limit themselves to just one platform.

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The companies have committed to providing BC with a so-called direct escalation channel that will allow rapid reporting of non-consensual intimate images being placed online, even before a protection order is issued.

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The statement said this will make it easier for people in BC to quickly remove images, demonstrating the platform’s commitment to protecting online privacy and “promoting responsible digital behaviour.”

The meeting comes after the BC government paused its online harms legislation last month as it reached an agreement with companies to talk about solutions to protect people’s online security and privacy.

“Recognizing the shared goal of helping teens have safe, age-appropriate experiences online, action-table participants agreed that future meetings will focus on new actions to promote youth safety online,” the statement said. Will continue.”

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The table also discussed how companies can help increase official information for people in emergency situations like wildfires.

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“Meta has agreed to establish a direct line of communication that will ensure that response measures are closely coordinated as part of the government’s wildfire safety efforts, including through official sources such as government agencies and emergency services. This also includes the dissemination of reputable information available from.” It is called.

The change comes after Meta cut news feeds on its Facebook and Instagram platforms last year over the federal government’s creation of the Online News Act, so that social media companies can pay for news stories repeated on their channels.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau criticized Meta last week, saying it was making billions from people but taking no responsibility for the well-being of the communities it benefits by cutting off news feeds.

There is no indication in the latest statement that Meta has changed its position to allow news to be published on its sites, but the statement said Meta, Snap, TikTok and X have joined forces to raise awareness about BC and the crisis. -Offered to provide advertising assistance to responding organizations. Protecting resources during wildfire season.

“The table is committed to continued engagement for further concrete actions to be announced in September,” the statement concluded.

AB said during the announcement of the original Online Harms Act in March that one of its key drivers was the death of Carson Cleland, a 12-year-old Prince George, BC boy who committed suicide last October after being the victim of online sextortion. ,

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Carson’s father Ryan Cleland said last month that he had “confidence” in the decision to suspend AB and Law.

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