Since July 1, the Liberals have spent $738,715 in advertising on Facebook and Instagram, and the Conservative party has spent $251,303.
A Set Of Facebook Pages Promoting Conservatives And Attacking Justin Trudeau Are Run By A Post Millennial Staffer
“Either you’re a journalistic outlet where you have standards ... or you’re an advocacy group, in which case then at least you need to be transparent.”
Canadian partisan media are reaching more people than ever before, and at times eclipsing big national media on Facebook.
CSIS threat-reduction powers, granted in 2015, are seen as a tool to address foreign influence in Canada’s upcoming election campaign.
Canada’s intelligence agencies have already identified foreign influence campaigns playing out in advance of the election.
“Threat actors are seeking to influence the Canadian public and interfere with Canada’s democratic institutions and processes,” a CSIS spokesperson said.
“Facebook likes to make a PR move and say that they’re doing something, but they don’t always follow up on that.”
“These posters — and the conspiracists who amplify them — help intensify anti-Muslim sentiment in a way that is destructive to democracy.”
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.
Third parties in Canada can spend unlimited money on political ads before June 30.
Never Again Canada, which has nearly 235,000 followers, spreads misleading content and uses a URL-masking technique to deceive its audience.
Never Again Canada’s creator says the page has "spiralled out of [his] hands.”
“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.
China, Russia, and other countries are running influence and espionage operations in Canada, according to the committee.
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.
“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.
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.
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.”
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.
YellowVestGroup.com shows how different actors will target Canadian politics ahead of the fall federal election.