Canada proposes G7 summit on disinformation

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Canada’s Public Safety Minister, Marco Mendicino, stated that the country intends to host a meeting of G7 representatives next year to develop new programs and tools to combat disinformation.

A summit in Canada would serve as a way to “flip the script, and to get ahead of the curve of disinformation,” he said.

“This is where we think that Canada and the G7 can show leadership.”

Mendicino said the “marketplace for disinformation” is much greater than the “marketplace for reliable information” and that Canadians need help to determine which is which.

He also said big tech and social media platforms need to make sure they are “adhering to the terms and conditions of their own user agreements” to challenge disinformation.

Mendicino said democracies also need to engage with social media firms and big tech to better understand how information is presented and make sure “that they are, as much as possible, adhering to the terms and conditions of their own user agreements,” calling it a long-standing challenge.

The sources for this piece include an article in GlobalNews.

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