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Researchers explore misinformation during Quebec election campaign | Global News

Published: 8 November 2022

October 3, 2022 | Researchers from McGill University, including Professor Taylor Owen, have conducted a study into online misinformation and the possible effects on the provincial election campaign and says the findings have implications for the future of our democratic process. 

Mathieu Lavigne, project director of the Canadian Election Misinformation project, said they found a lot of falsehoods centered around three themes: the pandemic, polls and the media, suggesting there's collusion to skew polling results. The third theme was the election and the voting process. He further stressed that the voters need to have confidence in the information they're receiving in order to trust their democracy and the voting system. The team of researchers will publish its findings in early 2023. 

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