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Quick reads for Thursday, April 11, 2019

Canadian government says it’s considering regulating Facebook and other social media giants

The Canadian government is “actively considering” regulating social media giants and believes that self-regulation of the platforms has failed.

Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould told the Star and BuzzFeed News that “all options are on the table” when it comes to applying domestic rules to international social media giants like Facebook, Google, Amazon and Twitter.

“We recognize that self-regulation is not yielding the results that societies are expecting these companies to deliver,” Gould said in an interview Monday.

THE SPECTATOR

Google’s Next Big Money Maker Could Be the Maps on Your Phone

Google became the world’s most profitable internet company on the back of search advertising. Now, it’s turning another popular web service into a major cash machine.

Google Maps is an indispensable part of life for more than 1 billion people, who use it to commute, explore new cities or find a hot new restaurant. The service has been mostly free, and free from ads, since it launched 14 years ago.

BLOOMBERG

Why it’s so hard to convince anti-vaxxers to vaccinate their kids

Despite all the medical evidence in favour of vaccinations, the Ontario Medical Association (OMA) says more and more parents are filled with doubt and are asking questions because of misinformation online.

Now the OMA is beginning a campaign to correct common myths about vaccines. It aims to present the public with clear facts about vaccination on platforms like Twitter and Facebook.

CBC

Canadians like, but don’t trust, social media for news, according to CJF poll conducted by Maru/Matchbox

A new poll commissioned by The Canadian Journalism Foundation and conducted by Maru/Matchbox shows that while social media is a top news source for both Canadians and Americans, it is among the least trusted source for Canadians.

While social media (such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram) is a top news source for 52% of Canadians (alongside news websites) it was also the least trusted, at only 32%. This is especially true for Canadian millennials; social media is the most common (73%) but least trusted news source at 36%.

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