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Canadian Spies See Their Vast New Powers As A Tool To Fight Foreign Influence Campaigns

CSIS threat-reduction powers, granted in 2015, are seen as a tool to address foreign influence in Canada’s upcoming election campaign.

Jane Lytvynenko • 13 days ago

Foreign Actors Interfering In The Canadian Election Are Unlikely To Face Sanctions

Canada’s intelligence agencies have already identified foreign influence campaigns playing out in advance of the election.

Jane Lytvynenko • 14 days ago

Canada’s Spy Agency Says Voters Are Being Targeted By Foreign Influence Campaigns

“Threat actors are seeking to influence the Canadian public and interfere with Canada’s democratic institutions and processes,” a CSIS spokesperson said.

Craig Silverman • 15 days ago

White Nationalist Groups Banned By Facebook Are Still On The Platform

“Facebook likes to make a PR move and say that they’re doing something, but they don’t always follow up on that.”

Jane Lytvynenko • One month ago

How Dubious Claims About Muslims Wanting To Ban Dogs In Public Are Used To Stoke Anger

“These posters — and the conspiracists who amplify them — help intensify anti-Muslim sentiment in a way that is destructive to democracy.”

Craig Silverman • One month ago

Facebook Won’t Remove Doctored Content During The Canadian Election

Election authorities could still investigate false or misleading content like doctored videos, but the social media giant said it’s not its role to decide where the “line” is.

Jane Lytvynenko • One month ago

Canadian Lobby Groups Plan A Big-Money Ad Blitz Before New Election Rules Kick In

Third parties in Canada can spend unlimited money on political ads before June 30.

Jane Lytvynenko • One month ago

Facebook Says Page With Far-Right, Anti-Muslim Content Doesn’t Violate Its Standards

Never Again Canada, which has nearly 235,000 followers, spreads misleading content and uses a URL-masking technique to deceive its audience.

Jane Lytvynenko • 2 months ago

How A Facebook Page Dedicated To Fighting Anti-Semitism Became A Hub For Anti-Muslim Content

Never Again Canada’s creator says the page has "spiralled out of [his] hands.”

Craig Silverman • 3 months ago

A Day After Facebook Banned Canadian White Nationalists, Some Found Their Way Back

“Individuals and organizations who spread hate, attack, or call for the exclusion of others on the basis of who they are have no place our services,” a Facebook spokesperson said.

Jane Lytvynenko • 3 months ago

A Canadian Government Committee Is Investigating Foreign Interference And Espionage

China, Russia, and other countries are running influence and espionage operations in Canada, according to the committee.

Craig Silverman • 3 months ago

The Canadian Government Is Considering Regulating Facebook And Other Social Media Giants

Self-regulation is not “yielding the results” Canadians expect, said the Liberal democratic institutions minister, adding that Canada is “actively” talking with other countries around regulation.

Jane Lytvynenko • 3 months ago

Facebook Will Ban Faith Goldy And Canadian White Nationalist Groups In Its Latest Crackdown

“Individuals and organizations who spread hate, attack, or call for the exclusion of others on the basis of who they are have no place on Facebook,” a Facebook spokesperson said.

Jane Lytvynenko • 3 months ago

Canadian Political Parties Have Already Been Targeted By Foreign Hacking Ahead Of The Fall Elections

An electronic spy agency says political parties and operatives have already been targeted by foreign hacking campaigns in a report on threats to the 2019 Canadian election.

Jane Lytvynenko • 3 months ago

Canadian Officials Worry That Foreign Actors Are Trying To Meddle In The 2019 Federal Election

Canadian intelligence sources say cyber threats are increasing across the board, and the official in charge of investigating elections offences says foreign interference is a question of “when” rather than “if.”

Craig Silverman • 3 months ago

Canadians Think The US Is Just As Likely To Try And Influence The Next Election As China, New Poll Says

A new poll also shows Canadians have little or no confidence that social media companies can prevent foreign entities from interfering in the election.

Craig Silverman • 4 months ago

How A Canadian Yellow Vest Site Used Fake Accounts And Marketing Savvy To Monetize Outrage shows how different actors will target Canadian politics ahead of the fall federal election.

Craig Silverman • 5 months ago