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 tackling online disinformation.
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Return of sailor with white supremacist past sparks protest in navy
Members of a Canadian Forces Naval Reserve base in Calgary say they're upset at how the Armed Forces readmitted a sailor identified by CBC News as the former administrator of a neo-Nazi forum.
Viral video claiming 5G caused pandemic easily debunked
A viral video by an American doctor who is on disciplinary probation contains false claims and inaccuracies about the coronavirus pandemic that are easily debunked by virologists, CBC News has found.
COVID-19 and social media: Limit the spread of fear by changing online behaviour
Disinformation about the coronavirus crisis not only generates fear and panic, but it also hinders the work of public health officials who are trying to slow the pandemic. Here are some tips you can use to avoid passing on inaccurate information.
Groups linked to oil companies funded Facebook ads denouncing the rail blockades
Groups linked to oil and gas companies have been spending big on Facebook ads denouncing the First Nations-led protests that have targetted rail transport in Canada in the past month.
Dubious screenshot claims Chinese website published 'real' coronavirus death toll
A screenshot purportedly showing the real death toll of the coronavirus in China — putting it over 80 times higher than the official number — has gone viral.
Online claims that Chinese scientists stole coronavirus from Winnipeg lab have 'no factual basis'
The Public Health Agency of Canada is denying any connection between the National Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg, two scientists who were escorted out of the building last summer, and the coronavirus outbreak in China.
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.
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.