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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 • 15 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 • 16 days ago

These Bizarre Kamala Harris And Mark Zuckerberg Conspiracy Sites Are Run By A Montessori School Operator

Sites from American Intelligence Media have launched fringe conspiracy theories into the mainstream.

Jane Lytvynenko • 16 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 • 17 days ago

A New Racist Campaign Against Kamala Harris Is Taking Shape

“Seeing the tweets declaring that Kamala isn’t black enough because her parents are from Jamaica and India, I had an immediate flashback to the 2008 campaign.”

Craig Silverman • 21 days ago

A Popular Knitting Website Banned Posts Supporting Donald Trump, Accusing Him Of "Open White Supremacy"

"We cannot provide a space that is inclusive of all and also allow support for open white supremacy. Support of the Trump administration is undeniably support for white supremacy."

Jane Lytvynenko • 26 days ago

One Person Was Killed, 10 Injured In A Shooting At A Bar In South Bend, Indiana

Presidential candidate and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg planned to address the violence at a town hall on Sunday, which was scheduled to address a separate police shooting.

Jane Lytvynenko • 26 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.

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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

Vulnerable Groups Could Be Targeted And Silenced Online Ahead Of 2020 Election, Researchers Warn

Extremists often hijack online discussions among vulnerable communities to sow division and spread disinformation.

Craig Silverman • 2 months ago

This Fake Press Release About Rep. Adam Schiff May Have Originated In Russia

The hoax — which said Schiff had agreed to “financially sponsor” a bill recognizing the Armenian genocide — was picked up by several outlets, including Radio Free Europe.

Jane Lytvynenko • 2 months ago

Social Media Has Been Blocked For Over 24 Hours In Sri Lanka After The Deadly Explosions

Social media will remain blocked while security forces investigate the bombings.

Jane Lytvynenko • 2 months ago

Nearly 300 People Are Dead After Multiple Explosions In Sri Lanka On Easter Sunday

Six of the blasts simultaneously targeted churches and five-star hotels.

Jane Lytvynenko • 2 months ago

"TRACKBACK" Is A New Hoax-Busting Series From BuzzFeed News On YouTube

We're fighting misinformation on YouTube and beyond.

Craig Silverman • 3 months ago

Hoaxes And Misinformation About The Mueller Report Are Already Spreading

Fake accounts, false headlines, and joke screenshots are already spreading.

Jane Lytvynenko • 3 months ago