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Canada, says Microsoft, and Facebook will do more to help ensure the security of the elections

Canada’s Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould speaks in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, May 27, 2019. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp and Facebook Inc have agreed to help boost the safety of the canadian elections of October by removing of fake accounts and cracking down on bots, a top official said on Monday.

The measures are described in a non-binding statement about the election’s integrity, Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould told lawmakers.

Last month, Gould lamented the world of the big social media companies were not doing enough to help in the fight against possible foreign interference in the elections and said that the government would have to regulate.

“The Wild West online era may not stay sitting still is not an option. Misinformation should not stand,” said Gould. Officials say they fear Russian actors will try to interfere in the vote.

Microsoft and Facebook had also agreed to intensify the fight against disinformation, the promotion of safeguards to address cyber security incidents and explain what the rules are about the adoption of political advertising, Gould said.

“I urge other platforms to follow in the coming days,” she added in a clear reference to Twitter Inc. and Alphabet, Inc. ‘ s Google.

Reporting by David Ljunggren and Kelsey Johnson in Ottawa; Editing by Matthew Lewis

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