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Social media users voiced fears about election manipulation during 2019 campaign, says Elections Canada

Source: Ashley Burke, CBC News, January 30, 2020 

Social media users expressed fears about non-citizens voting, foreign manipulation

An internal Elections Canada document shows the agency’s social media tracking during the 2019 federal election spotted multiple messages questioning the legitimacy of Canada’s elections — claims that non-Canadian citizens might be voting illegally, that foreign elements were influencing the vote and that the voting system itself was “rigged.”

During the 2019 election, and for the first time ever, Elections Canada monitored public online chatter to combat disinformation campaigns. The monitoring team was assembled in response to claims of foreign interference in the U.S. presidential election and the U.K.’s Brexit referendum.

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