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Social media, streaming services must register with the CRTC by November

The decision is part of the CRTC’s implementation of the Online Streaming Act, which requires streamers like Netflix to contribute to the Canadian content system

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The CRTC has announced which types of services it will regulate under the Online Streaming Act. Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images/File

OTTAWA — All online services with audio or video content — including social media — that meet a revenue threshold in Canada will have to register with the federal broadcast and telecom regulator by Nov. 28.

The CRTC said in a decision Friday afternoon that its new regulations mean “various online undertakings that broadcast audio or audio-visual content that is intended to inform, enlighten or entertain must be registered with the Commission.”

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“Such services include streaming services, social media services, subscription television services that are available online,” the CRTC said. It also includes radio stations that live-stream online and podcast services. Video game and audiobook services are exempt, as are those platforms that have “less than $10 million in annual broadcasting revenues in Canada.”

The decision is part of the CRTC’s implementation of the Online Streaming Act, which requires streamers like Netflix to contribute to the Canadian content system. As Bill C-11, it drew controversy over putting user-generated content under the CRTC’s regulatory authority.

After the bill became law, the Liberal government said it would direct the CRTC not to regulate content made by social media creators, and content that is only available on social media platforms.

The CRTC noted in a press release that social media users themselves do not have the register with the regulator.

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