Tech giants told to step up or face crackdown
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.
– Bloomberg News