Canada introducing digital charter to combat hate speech misinformation

first_imgPARIS — The federal government says it will launch a new digital charter that will dictate how the country will combat hate speech, misinformation and online electoral interference in Canada.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made the announcement today in Paris during a speech at the VivaTech conference, an international summit that brings together startups and technology leaders.The announcement was short on details, which Trudeau says will be revealed in the coming weeks.Prime Minister of #Canada, @JustinTrudeau, calling for tech leaders and governments, to rally together against online terror.This follows, the #ChristchurchCall that was introduced yesterday at @Elysee.#VivaTech pic.twitter.com/ABpBiQ8GNZ— #VivaTech (@VivaTech) May 16, 2019But the prime minister says he’s confident the proposed framework will restore the faith of citizens while holding platforms accountable.Trudeau met with New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern earlier in the day and held a working lunch with French President Emmanuel Macron.He was set to meet Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales later Thursday.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Voters must think critically on social media this election to avoid fake

first_imgVANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – As the federal election campaign continues, one expert says Canadians will continue to see attempts to sway votes, and need to think critically to recognize misinformation on social media.Political scientist Max Cameron with the University of British Columbia says he’s concerned about the impact of so-called “fake news” on democracy, and it will be an issue during the 2019 election campaign.RELATED: Person who posted fake Mercer endorsement ‘not involved on the local campaign,’ Conservatives say“There is an enormous amount of illiteracy and confusion in the public mind around what people consume on social media,” he says.A meme misquoting comedian Rick Mercer that was spotted on a Facebook page for a Conservative candidate this week is just one example of how easy it is to spread false information and quotes, Cameron says.“If it was attempting to be funny, it wasn’t done very well because I think it looked deceptive. A lot of voters are easily deceived.”RELATED: ‘Not true. All fake’: Rick Mercer responds after false quote posted on Conservative Facebook pageHe says people need to be careful about what they share online.“The most obvious takeaway would be – don’t engage in anything that looks deceptive. We are being manipulated by algorithms even when we’re unaware of it. We’re manipulated because we have a predisposition to be manipulated.”Cameron’s advice is not to react or comment with emotion, and to think twice before sharing what could be entirely false.last_img read more

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