Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--First NewsWatch-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--First NewsWatch-

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Six Canadian individuals and groups are banned from Facebook and Instagram for their alleged involvement in "organized hate."

Facebook says those turfed from any further presence on the social-media platforms spread hate and urge attacks on or exclusion of others based on their identity.

Those banned include one-time Toronto mayoral candidate and far-right political commentator Faith Goldy, who provided sympathetic coverage for Rebel Media of the 2017 white-supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Rebel subsequently cut ties with her after she took part in a podcast on a neo-Nazi group's website.

Goldy took to Twitter to react, saying ''Our enemies are weak & terrified."(1)



Ottawa is hoping social-media giants will lend a giant virtual helping hand to stave off any foreign interference in our national election this fall.

Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould says the federal government isn't getting enough co-operation from the world's biggest social-media companies to head off foreign interference, such as the election meddling the U-S experienced from Russia in 2016.

Gould says there have been discussions with Facebook and Google on how they plan to protect Canadians during the electoral process.

But she feels there's a lot "left to be desired" in how seriously they're taking these matters.(1)



U-S Attorney General William Barr will face congressional lawmakers today for the first time since receiving the special counsel's report on Russian meddling in America's elections.

Barr will appear before a House appropriations subcommittee, where he could be grilled about the forthcoming release of Robert Mueller's report.

The Justice Department is preparing to release within days a redacted version of Mueller's report into potential ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. …

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