1. Since there is no Robert Mueller in Canada, tasked with investigating foreign influence campaigns in Canadian elections, I urge all Canadians to at least read chapter II. Russian “Active Measures” Social Media Campaign of the #MuellerReport. #cdnpoli
2. You have all likely witnessed the use of troll-farms & bots to amplify paid troll accounts, supporting #DougFord, #JasonKenney & #AndrewScheer. One troll account tweeting pro Ford in the lead up to #Ontario’s election claimed to be from #Toronto. But mistakenly used Toronto OH
3. Fake #Facebook accounts have been active on the pages of front groups like #YellowVestsCanada & in comment sections of the FB pages of major media outlets like the #CBC.
4.James Comey warned that Canada was likely next, & this much is apparent to anyone paying attention. globalnews.ca/news/4255411/c…
But it isn’t just #Russia. Other foreign actors engage in similar self-serving acts of weaponization of social media: #SaudiArabia #UAE #Israel.
5. While there is considerably more data available for US interference activity (vox.com/2018/10/19/179…), esp the extensive investigation by Mueller into Russian, Internet Research Agency, far less is publicly known about activity in Canadian interference campaigns.
6. Canadians should be on guard for thee. No one is immune to falling for disinformation campaigns. That is why they are effective. Witness what happened with #SNC being signal-boosted & amplified by bot & troll-farms & how #cdnmedia, fell for it.
7. According to #MuellerReport, the Internet Research Agency’s fake #Facebook accounts may have reached as many as 126 million people, leading up to the 2016 US presidential election.
These numbers would indicate #Canadian election interference could also reach alarming numbers.
8. #OntarioStrong has now revealed itself as one such front group, looking to attack the federal government. #Conservative Premiers across 🇨🇦 have vowed to use taxpayer $$ to unseat the federal #Liberals in order to install #AndrewScheer & the Cons. Sedition at taxpayers expense.
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