'Inauthentic activity' in Alberta election a possible preview of tactics in the federal campaign, report warns - 2019-09-06

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F182.png 'Inauthentic activity' in Alberta election a possible preview of tactics in the federal campaign, report warns September 6, 2019, Catharine Tunney, CBC News

A government of Canada team says it identified a number of suspicious social media accounts and instances of disinformation in the run-up to the Alberta election — and is warning that similar tactics could be used this fall during the federal campaign.

In a new report dropped today, the Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM) team, housed at Global Affairs Canada, says it identified accounts that demonstrated coordinated "inauthentic behaviour" during the April provincial election, which it says indicates troll or bot activity.

Government officials speaking on background told CBC News there is nothing to suggest the accounts swayed the result of the election, which saw United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney elected premier — but warn the tactics used could suggest what Canadian voters might see between now and Oct. 21.

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{{cite news | first = Catharine | last = Tunney | title = 'Inauthentic activity' in Alberta election a possible preview of tactics in the federal campaign, report warns | url = https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/alberta-election-inauthentic-global-affairs-1.5273349 | work = CBC News | date = September 6, 2019 | accessdate = September 7, 2019 }}