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CBC News Alerts @CBCAlertsA CBC/Radio-Canada analysis of 9.6 million tweets from accounts since deleted shows that pipeline and immigration debates in Canada were inflamed by trolls thought to be based in Russia, Iran and Venezuela. https://t.co/u4ElRLoiqX
PMO accused of promoting a non-story about obscure retweets. Candice Malcolm got curious about a CBC News piece on politically motivated Twitter trolls, and concluded that it was a smear of specific right-leaning journalists like her. Before recent distractions, democratic institutions minister Karina Gould said the Liberal government may have to crack down further on social media platforms, if perceived “hate speech” isn’t being deleted.
Toronto Star public editor Kathy English tries dousing flames from Jody Wilson-Raybould’s claim that the PMO is in the habit of orchestrating government-friendly op-eds. But certain Star contributors pack a power-spinning agenda.
Facebook Canada announced a “Local News Accelerator,” which they claim will add $2.5 million to Canada’s journalism “ecosystem.” It’s one part of a three-year global pledge valued at $300 million, matching an amount that Google has pledged.
Postmedia CEO pockets a role with Waterfront Toronto
Andrew MacLeod is one of four new directors of the provincial organization entangled with Sidewalk. Meanwhile, the lightly-traded Postmedia stock was suspiciously soaring. Paul Godfrey’s successor still has no time for tweets since his years with BlackBerry:
Martha Stewart is your new guru of cannabis in Canada. Canopy Growth signed her to create CBD products, years after striking a similar deal with Stewart’s cooking show sidekick, Snoop Dogg. (The company is still fighting that trademark dispute from the Toronto Maple Leafs over Leafs By Snoop.)
Celebrity swine approves a sandwich
“Carly Rae Jepsen Once Watched Seal Eat an Entire Loaf of Bread, Plain.” Inspired by a tidbit from an Apple Beats 1 interview with Jepsen, Spin traces Seal’s gluten-free carbohydrate crimes to a charity gala in Winnipeg. Carly Rae clickbait also comes with a couple new songs:
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