WeChat not included in government's discussions with social media on protecting election - 2019-08-28
The office of Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould chose not to include a popular Chinese-language app in discussions it had with major social media platforms about protecting the upcoming federal election.
Gould unveiled her government's plan to protect the upcoming federal election from interference at a press conference in January. One aspect of the four-pronged plan was entrusting social media platforms "to act." In a practical sense, the government has asked platforms to ensure they're not being exploited to spread disinformation and that they adhere to the new election laws introduced by the Liberals in Bill C-76, which pertain to them.
"As the Minister has said, we expect social media platforms to take concrete actions to help safeguard this fall's election by promoting transparency, authenticity and integrity on their platforms," Meg Jacques, spokesperson for Gould, told iPolitics in an email last week.