Why you should care about the new social media rules
Why you shouldn’t be worried about the social media changes.
In the coming weeks, the federal government will introduce legislation that will allow some companies to block people from sharing or reposting certain content on social media.
And it’s only the beginning.
For now, though, we want to get the message out about what you should and shouldn’t do to keep your social media online.
Here’s our advice for new users.
What if I don’t know the language?
Check the help files in your browser to see what you need to know to follow the social sharing guidelines.
Here are some common questions and answers: Can I share content from my own blog or site without fear of being blocked?
The federal government is still working on the new legislation.
But some content creators are already taking steps to avoid being blocked.
Some of these platforms are: Google Blogger, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
If you’re using any of these, the social posting guidelines for your country of residence are a good place to start.
To get a list of your preferred social media platforms, go to your country’s website and click “Find” or “Social Networking Options.”
Do I need to create an account on one of these?
The regulations that will be in effect from April 18, 2017, will let you create a new profile, even if you’re not currently using one.
You can also create an existing account on another social media platform, such as Twitter or Instagram.
What do I do if I accidentally post a photo I didn’t want to be posted to Facebook?
If you inadvertently post a public photo you don’t want shared to Facebook, Facebook will let the photos stay up for up to 30 days.
The new rules will not apply to public posts or posts that you’ve already published, like a picture you shared to your own Instagram account or a photo you posted to a news source.
Can I post my own content on Facebook?
No, not at all.
The rules that will come into effect from March 17, 2018, will allow you to post your own content without needing to register a new account.
You may want to consider using a third-party service like Creative Commons, but you should also check with your service provider to see if you can share content on your own.
How do I know if my content is protected under my rights under copyright law?
Under Canadian copyright law, the copyright owner is the person who owns the copyright to the work.
If your content has been posted on Facebook, Google, Instagram or Twitter, the owners of that content have a copyright on the work that you have posted, too.
In Canada, the Copyright Act gives you the right to control the reproduction, distribution and public performance of your own work.
You don’t have to register an account or post your work to Facebook or Instagram to do this.
You’ll still need to use an account to post and share content, and you can also use your own photo.
Are you allowed to post a parody on Facebook or Twitter?
Facebook has the ability to remove content from its pages, even ones that are protected by copyright.
You might see a “Thumbs Up” or other sign that says “No, thank you.”
If you are posting a parody, you’re also not allowed to use the photo or video in any way that is likely to be seen by a child or anyone who could be offended.
If Facebook decides to remove your post, it will notify you.
If someone else uses your content in a way that can’t be covered by the law, you can file a claim under the Canada Copyright Act.
Your claim may require you to take down your account or share the content elsewhere, but it will not be taken down or removed.
For more information on how to do that, see the section on Copyright.
How can I share my work with friends on Facebook and Instagram?
Facebook and the other social media sites will allow users to post content to their profiles, so you can use the accounts you already have on those sites.
The guidelines will also allow you use other social sharing platforms such as Google+, Pinterest and Snapchat.
Facebook also lets users post their own content to Facebook and other social networks.
What happens if I post content from a non-Canadian site that is covered by copyright law but not Facebook’s?
If the site doesn’t have a Facebook page, it may be legal to post material from your own personal account on Facebook.
The government will work with you to see that the material posted is legal under Canadian copyright laws.
If the content isn’t, you will need to contact Facebook to have it removed.
What about sharing my personal content on a non-Canadian Facebook page?
Facebook will only allow you share content if it’s in a Canadian profile that’s accessible from a local site.
You must be using Facebook to post the content on the local site, and it must be visible to your friends