- Automated Twitter political accounts detected as far back as 2012
- Suspicious accounts intervened in March party leadership election
Canada has failed to meaningfully consider the extent that social media “bots” are shaping the country’s political discourse, according to two professors whose research suggests that the software has been used in Canada as far back as 2012.
“We need to have more critical awareness of the fact that social media isn’t a mirror of reality – it’s a distorted mirror,” said Fenwick McKelvey, an assistant professor at Montreal’s Concordia University. “And we need to be able to learn how to make sense of these distortions.”