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‘Digital mercenaries’: MPs describe their clashes with disinformation campaigns

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The explosion of misleading and false information online in recent years will be difficult for governments to regulate on their own, say MPs who have themselves been targets of disinformation campaigns. “Can we actually regulate this? My gut instinct is […]

The explosion of misleading and false information online in recent years will be difficult for governments to regulate on their own, say MPs who have themselves been targets of disinformation campaigns.

“Can we actually regulate this? My gut instinct is no,” said Conservative MP Michelle Rempel Garner, who took part in a panel discussion airing this weekend on CBC’s The House with Liberal MP Yasir Naqvi and Charlie Angus of the NDP.

Rempel Garner said both the technology driving disinformation and the business models that make it pay are adapting far more quickly than governments can move.

“We’re in a completely different universe,” Angus added. “We have to accept that what we consider disinformation is ordinary people who are now opting out and creating, spreading and amplifying sometimes very toxic content because they think that is where reality is.”

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