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Facebook, Microsoft and Google will work with Ottawa to fight misinformation ahead of the election

The platforms are expected to use their available tools to combat the spread of misinformation online in the run-up to the October federal election. Those measures include addressing misrepresentations of political candidates, and being clear about when users see political ads and why. Platforms will be required to remove fake accounts and content. The government also said it will work with online tech companies to improve digital literacy. Meanwhile, Facebook said it will publicize any accounts it takes down for trying to interfere in the upcoming election, whether or not the federal government chooses to make that information public. (Globe and Mail, CBC)

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