Thursday, April 21, 2011

Canada imposes $25,000 fine for tweeting election results

BoingBoing has news that Canada is to enforce a law that bans the broadcasting of any election results before all polls in the country have closed. Canada spans several time zones and elections administrators worry that results from "earlier" zones might influence voters further west.

The law, which  carries penalties up to a $25,000 fine or five years in prison, was introduced to stop the broadcasting of early results on the radio. Now it is being applied to private citizens' Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Kerry McCarthy is 46.

1 comment:

Jane said...

Which means that in order to find out how the east has voted, the west will have to google American blogs. Duh.