Tech gi­ants told to step up or face crack­down

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OT­TAWA – Justin Trudeau’s gov­ern­ment is threat­en­ing to crack down on Google, Face­book and Twit­ter, say­ing the tech gi­ants aren’t do­ing enough to help fight med­dling in the lead-up to Canada’s Oc­to­ber elec­tion.

Demo­cratic In­sti­tu­tions Min­is­ter Ka­rina Gould is­sued the warn­ing Mon­day af­ter one of the coun­try’s in­tel­li­gence agen­cies con­cluded that for­eign cy­ber in­ter­fer­ence is “highly likely” in the vote that will de­cide if Trudeau gets a sec­ond man­date.

“There’s a lot left to be de­sired about how se­ri­ously they are tak­ing these is­sues,” Gould told re­porters. While dis­cus­sions with the Amer­i­can tech firms are on­go­ing, she said Canada is re­view­ing how its cur­rent laws ap­ply to the com­pa­nies and what new laws or reg­u­la­tions may be needed, given the tech firms haven’t proven them­selves able to self-reg­u­late.

The threat of reg­u­la­tion comes amid a grow­ing global back­lash against the con­duct of tech com­pa­nies in polic­ing harm­ful con­tent and fight­ing fake news. It also lands as the United States comes to grips with Rus­sian in­ter­fer­ence in its own 2016 elec­tion.

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