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A lack of transparency by Facebook Canada officials about how the Facebook News Feed works means upcoming elections in Canada could be influenced by fake news. ((AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

What Facebook could do to stop fake news about Canadian elections

What kind of information do Canadian voters get through Facebook? It's time for the social media giant to let researchers see exactly what it sends its 23 million users in Canada.
Social media companies combine many pieces of information into a complex digital profile. Tetiana Yurchenko/Shutterstock.com

To serve a free society, social media must evolve beyond data mining

For years, watchdogs have warned of the potential problems of sharing data with online companies. The Facebook data crisis has made these concerns much more real. What should be done now?
Every time you open an app, click a link, like a post, read an article, hover over an ad, or connect to someone, you are generating data. Shutterstock

How to stop haemorrhaging data on Facebook

If you're concerned about privacy, but you're not ready to #deletefacebook here’s what you can do, step by step, to minimise the amount of data you share.
Facebook’s revenue model is based on gathering and using the data shared by its audience. Shutterstock

Why Facebook is the reason fake news is here to stay

Facebook must confront deep challenges if it's to become a force in the global fight against false narratives.
Your finger may hover, but it’s hard get rid of it once and for all. ymgerman/Shutterstock.com

Why it’s so hard to #DeleteFacebook: Constant psychological boosts keep you hooked

Social media provide shortcuts to things we yearn for, like connection and validation. Media effects scholars explain the psychological benefits we get from Facebook that make it so hard to quit.
A 2018 pilot project between the Public Health Agency of Canada and Advanced Symbolics will use social media posts as a resource to predict regional suicide rates. (Shutterstock)

How AI is helping to predict and prevent suicides

From predicting suicide risk to chatbot therapy, artificial intelligence is all the rage in suicide prevention. The question is, can it really work?

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