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Canadians need to be careful what they tweet about if they don't want to end up with a fine of $25,000 or five years in jail.
A Canadian law that prohibits citizens from publishing election results before all the polls in the country have closed holds new meaning in today's digital age. The law was initially directed at public radio and created to prevent Eastern voting results from affecting Western voting behavior. But given the rate and frequency at which today's news flows through cyberspace, the law is not only somewhat obsolete but also has significant implications for some channels
private emails and Facebook messages are allowed but anything visible to the public--like tweets and wall posts--is forbidden
Canadian voters have reacted in anger and many plan to protest the law by organizing a mass tweeting on election night. Will the government be able to enforce a law that everyone breaks? "The sheer number of users on Twitter would make it very difficult to enforce this law in terms of resources," said Camille Labchuck, a communication strategist for Canada's Green Party told the Montreal Gazette. "Even if everyone who flouted the law was identifiable, I can't see how Elections Canada could possibly prosecute all violations."
Originally posted by born2BWild
I think the point is that it's an outdated system that need to be changed. In this day of information they should have to wait to this west closes their polls. It really doesn't make sense. Maybe we need people to tweet and disrupt the system so we get a re-vote and they have to change the way it's done, change the system. Realistically it doesn't make sense the way it is done now and eventually they are going to have to change it anyhow.