The school’s political management graduate program will conduct a year-long project on the 2019 federal election and the social media giant’s Canadian programs to protect political accounts from hacking, fact-check misinformation and provide more political-ad transparency. Chan will participate in events with the program’s students, faculty and political stakeholders including classes and seminars, said communications manager Erin Taylor; Facebook is not providing funding to the project. (The Logic)
Talking point: The company’s Canadian public policy head was a frequent visitor to Parliament Hill last year as policymakers focused on the role of social media platforms in the political process following the Cambridge Analytica scandal. In May 2019, Facebook was an early signatory to an Ottawa-written declaration committing firms to doing much of what the company had pledged in its own initiative two years before; that June, it launched an election law-mandated ad registry ahead of other tech giants. But MPs criticized the company for CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s failure to appear at Ottawa hearings, and for not taking down doctored videos of politicians. In a December 2018 report, the House ethics committee said Facebook had “not been the best corporate citizen in recent years,” and should financially support digital literacy initiatives.
This item has been updated with comment from Facebook.