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One Degree Friday, September 13, 2019

Disinformation Agents Will Target Canadian Journalists

The threat posed by disinformation on elections is well known. At First Draft, we have monitored false and misleading content that emerged in the lead-up to the 2016 US presidential and 2018 US midterm elections, the 2017 elections in France, the UK and Germany, the Brazilian election in 2018 and the Nigerian, EU Parliamentary and Australian elections in 2019. Each country tends to have slightly different characteristics, with varying platforms hosting the most harmful content. But the content itself is depressingly similar in theme: conspiratorial, divisive, misogynistic, filled with hate, and designed to drive down trust in the integrity of elections.

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Why Apple made the unusual move to sell its streaming service for next to nothing

Apple priced its streaming video service, Apple TV+, at $4.99 per month, which is cheaper than any other major service. It’s also giving customers a year of Apple TV+ for free if they buy a new iPhone, iPad, Mac or Apple TV box.

CNBC

Explainer: Advertising executives point to five ways Google stifles business

Attorneys general for 50 U.S. states and territories along with the U.S. Department of Justice appear to be acting on accusations from rivals, lawmakers and consumer advocacy groups that the biggest seller of online ads engages in unfair tactics. Google disputes its dominance.

REUTERS

SEO on a Budget: How to Stay Searchable Using Free Tools

Building an SEO program for yourself, or your brand, can appear to be a daunting task. There’s a seemingly endless amount of tools available to get your page ranked in search. Keywords, page analytics, search trends and mobile support all have their own tools.

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