Canada’s Democratic Institutions Minister Proposes New Laws To Regulate Social Media Apps Prior To October Elections

Earlier this morning, April 8th 2019, the Communications Signals Establishment (CSE) of Canada, a government agency tasked with the protection of the country’s communications networks and electronic information, released a 28 page report outlining all of the top cyber threats posed to Canada’s election infrastructure. According to the report, entitled “Cyber Threats To Canada’s Democratic Process,” chief among them are concerns that foreign actors will attempt to leverage social media applications as a means of effecting the outcome of the countries upcoming elections this October – similar in many ways to what was done to the United States in 2016.

As a result, Canada’s Democratic Institutions Minister, Karina Gould, is actively considering enacting new laws that would “regulate social media” – citing that social media companies appear to be incapable of self regulation themselves. What these new laws will look like remains to be seen, but Gould ended her speech stating that “Digital platforms are going to have to accept that they’re going to have to abide by domestic legislation from country to country around the world.

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