Jeff Yates

Radio-Canada columnist

Jeff Yates is a Radio-Canada columnist who checks online facts and debunks fake news. He's part of Décrypteurs, Radio-Canada's team dedicated to tackle online disinformation.

Latest from Jeff Yates

Exposing Hate

Navy investigating reservist who encouraged fellow members of neo-Nazi web forum to enlist

A Calgary reservist with a history of ties to hate groups and spreading racism is being investigated by the Royal Canadian Navy — nearly four years after enlisting. He says he no longer holds extremist views and has tried to turn his life around.

Huge pro-India fake news network includes Canadian sites, links to Canadian think tanks

A huge international network of fake local news sites that push a pro-Indian government position internationally has a deep Canadian connection, CBC News has learned. Some of the sites pose as Canadian news outlets.
Exposing Hate

Leak of thousands of posts from defunct neo-Nazi forum offers clues to identify Canadian members

A massive leak of posts and private messages from a neo-Nazi message board that went offline two years ago offers clues to identify its Canadian members, including some who claimed to serve in the Canadian Armed Forces. 

Kinsella consulting firm worked to 'seek and destroy' Bernier's PPC party, documents say

Warren Kinsella’s Daisy Group consulting firm was behind a social media campaign to put the People’s Party of Canada on the defensive and keep leader Maxime Bernier out of the federal leaders’ debates, according to documents provided to CBC News.

YouTube now recommends fewer conspiracies — and less Canadian political content

YouTube’s recommendation algorithm seems to be trying to actively steer users away from political content, towards more viral or popular videos, an in-depth CBC analysis of over 20,000 recommendations shows.

False online rumour claims RCMP chief is married to Bill Morneau's cousin

Despite a lack of evidence, many people were quick to share a rumour of a family connection between Brenda Lucki and the finance minister, and to claim the relationship is the reason why the RCMP has not launched a formal investigation into the SNC-Lavalin affair.

Facebook advertisers can write their own headlines for shared news stories

Advertisers are able to write their own copy, when sharing a link as an advertisement on Facebook, potentially opening the door for misleading ads to spread.

Political advocacy group North99 uses misleading petitions to gather voter data

North99, a political advocacy group founded by former Liberal Party staffers, has been using online petitions, some of them misleadingly labelled, to collect supporters' contact information ahead of the 2019 election.

Canadian news site The Post Millennial blurs line between journalism and conservative 'pamphleteering'

A CBC/Radio-Canada investigation found poor transparency around The Post Millennial's political ties — many of its writers have openly campaigned for conservative politicians — and unanswered questions about its journalistic standards and funding model.

Fake online stories claim Trudeau begged foreign leaders 'to send him a million immigrants'

False stories circulating in Africa claim that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is begging foreign leaders to send him "one million immigrants." The story is false, and was often re-used and re-posted simply by changing the name of the country.

How a suspected Iran-based campaign tried to get Canadian media to spread fake news

An online disinformation campaign believed to originate from Iran tried to get Canadian media to amplify fake news, a CBC/Radio-Canada analysis has found. And in at least one instance, it was successful.
CBC Investigates

Twitter trolls stoked debates about immigrants and pipelines in Canada, data show

Twitter trolls tried to stoke fears about pipelines and immigration in Canada, according to a CBC/Radio-Canada analysis of 9.6 million tweets from accounts linked to suspected foreign influence campaigns.

These fake newspaper sites want you to believe they're based in Quebec — but they aren't

A half dozen websites, all claiming to be English-language newspapers based in Quebec, are in fact part of a network of fake newspaper sites run from Ukraine, where they've been earning their creator almost four times the monthly wage in that country.