Trudeau warns companies of financial consequences for failing to counter disinformation
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced plans for a new digital charter for Canadians on Thursday morning in Paris, in a speech that covered the public's eroding trust in digital platforms, the dangers of online extremism and the threat of misinformation and foreign meddling interfering in this year's federal elections.
He likened the current digital landscape to the "Wild West" and said that the livestreamed murder of 51 citizens in two mosques in New Zealand on March 15 was the "final straw." Thoughts and prayers in response to a tragedy must be complemented by more concrete action, he said.
"I believe that when 51 people are murdered, and the whole world can watch it happen in real time, that’s exactly the time to talk policy." In his speech, the prime minister also spoke about the need to fight misinformation in the lead up the federal elections this year.
"Canadians, and only Canadians, will choose their next government. We'll make sure of that," he said, pointing to the federal task force set up in February to mitigate foreign interference in the elections.
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