Disinformation played an enormous role in the 2016 Brexit vote and in the U.S. presidential election held the same year. In 2019, leading up to the federal election, Canadian authorities were issuing warnings about disinformation.
The report found that although Canadian authorities did not observe major foreign efforts to disrupt the election, domestic political forces can and do use techniques from Russia’s playbook. And those methods can be used to target public conversations and opinion, even between elections.
The report also offers recommendations to journalists around the world who are attempting to tackle the same problem during elections in their own countries.
The report came out with less than a month to go until the Nov. 3 U.S. presidential election, which has brought a host of new problems surrounding disinformation.