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Claims of ‘fake news’ and misinformation campaigns have already arisen in the federal election campaign, a problem the political parties and tech companies are ill-equipped to address. Ritchie B. Tongo/EPA

‘Fake news’ is already spreading online in the election campaign – it’s up to us to stop it

New regulations have been rolled out to counter the spread of misinformation during the campaign, but these steps will largely be ineffective in the fast-moving social media sphere
Faith Goldy is shown outside Wilfrid Laurier University in March 2018. Facebook may have banned Goldy and other ‘alt-right’ figures, but their influence is greater than social media. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Hannah Yoon

Starving online trolls won’t stop far-right ideas from going mainstream

It's all well and good for Facebook to shut down people like Faith Goldy, but it's critical we recognize that the far right’s culture war is diffusing more broadly within Canadian politics.
EU Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager speaks at a news conference about Google online search advertising, at the European Commission in Belgium in March 2019. Stephanie Lecocq / AAP

How big tech designs its own rules of ethics to avoid scrutiny and accountability

Feelgood, high-level data ethics principles are not fit for the purpose of regulating big tech. Applied ethics might be useful ... but stronger regulation is the preferred end goal.

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