Fake fact-checking pages on Facebook have been attempting to influence the upcoming Canadian Federal Election, according to researchers at NYU Tandon School of Engineering.
The research is part of the Online Political Transparency Project at the Center for Cybersecurity at NYU, which aims to increase transparency regarding political advertisements on social media. The project previously analyzed nearly 900,000 online political advertisements in the U.S. in September 2018, finding that President Donald Trump’s campaign had the highest number of advertisements.
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The Liberal Party is spending more and running more ads on Facebook than the other major parties combined, according to an analysis of Facebook advertising data provided to The Globe and Mail.
The Liberal, Conservative, National Democratic Party, Green, Bloc Québécois and People’s parties combined have spent at least $1.16-million on Facebook ads, netting a minimum of 122.9 million ad views or impressions. The Liberal Party accounts for at least $658,600, or 56.7 per cent of that total.
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October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM). It was started by the National Cyber Security Division within the Department of Homeland Security and the nonprofit National Cyber Security Alliance in 2004 to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity all year long. Initially it was focused on keeping antivirus programs up to date, backing up data, and adopting better practices with email, this year’s message is putting the spotlight on how we use social media.
A Canadian social media influencer has learned that even online, honesty is the best policy.
It wasn’t that long ago that Caitlin Fladager was on the path to internet fame. She had hundreds of thousands of followers, had made appearances on American television, and had even been approached about a product placement deal.