Elizabeth Thompson

Senior Reporter

Award-winning reporter Elizabeth Thompson covers Parliament Hill. A veteran of the Montreal Gazette, Sun Media and iPolitics, she currently works with the CBC's Ottawa bureau, specializing in investigative reporting and data journalism. She can be reached at: elizabeth.thompson@cbc.ca.

Latest from Elizabeth Thompson

Human rights commissions targeting Facebook over job ads

The Canadian and Ontario human rights commissions have taken the exceptional step of joining forces to urge Facebook to stop Canadian employers from being able to post job ads that discriminate against some workers on the basis of age. It's the first step in a series of actions that could make its way to the Supreme Court of Canada.

Canada should regulate social media firms to protect election, says international group

The federal government should regulate social media giants to better protect the next election from attempts at foreign disruption, a blue-ribbon international group will say next week.

Poll finds 90% of Canadians have fallen for fake news

Ninety per cent of Canadians say they have fallen for fake news online, with many listing Facebook as the most common source of misleading reports, according to a new international public opinion poll.

Facebook rolls out high-tech ad registry with a low-tech twist

Facebook is rolling out its Canadian political ad registry today with a low-tech twist — a bid to prevent people based outside of Canada from running ads in the upcoming federal election.

Facebook has known since 2018 it was being used to incite hate

Facebook knew as early as 2018 that its platform was being used to incite division and violence, a company official told MPs in Ottawa on Thursday.

YouTube moves to ban neo-Nazi, Holocaust-denying videos

YouTube says it is cracking down on hate speech on its platform, banning videos that promote neo-Nazi ideology or claim that events like the Holocaust never took place.

Google defends efforts to prevent hate speech, extremism online

Google says it is working hard to eliminate hate speech from its platforms like YouTube, using machine learning to catch things posted online - often before they are even viewed.

New tools, stiffer penalties needed to police big tech companies, says competition watchdog

The federal government should boost the penalties for anti-competitive behaviour to more effectively regulate tech giants and the digital economy, says Canada's competition watchdog.

Hiring watchdog to step up monitoring of government job ads

The federal government's hiring watchdog says it will step up its monitoring of job ads in the wake of news that some government departments and agencies have been microtargeting employment opportunities on Facebook.

Amazon faces tough questions on Parliament Hill over privacy practices, ad targeting

Tech giant Amazon was in the hot seat on Parliament Hill Wednesday over how its 'smart speakers' target ads at users and occasionally record household conversations.

Federal departments may have broken law by microtargeting job ads

Several federal government departments — including the Canada Border Services Agency, the Correctional Service of Canada and the RCMP — have restricted who can see their job ads on Facebook by age, which could violate Canadian human rights law.

Facebook says it will blow whistle on attempts to interfere in election

Facebook will take down accounts that try to interfere with the upcoming federal election and make it public regardless of whether the government decides to advise Canadians of an attempt to interfere, says Facebook's head of public policy for Canada.

Trudeau government unveils plans for digital overhaul

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government set the stage Tuesday for an overhaul of Canada's laws governing the internet and digital privacy.

Google says some federal election ads could slip through its publication ban

Google says it can't guarantee that it won't end up publishing campaign ads during the upcoming federal election, despite its announcement that it's banning political and issues ads during the election because of changes to Canada's laws.

Ethics committee votes to subpoena Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg to testify

Parliament's ethics committee voted Tuesday to subpoena Facebook's founder Mark Zuckerberg and chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg to testify before an international committee of parliamentarians meeting later this month to probe the spread of disinformation online and the Cambridge Analytica scandal.