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Disinformation falters against Doug Ford’s big lead in Ontario election, experts say

National Post: 'The election may be engaging fewer people, and providing less fuel for social media outrage narratives, because of the comfortable polling lead enjoyed by Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservative party. Bennett said that a more compelling electoral clash is between the NDP and the Liberals, who are fighting a close battle for second, according to recent polls.


'“We will see a lot of social media and other media content where the goal is to take second place,” Bennett said. “Are a lot of people reading this material and responding to it? Probably not. It is hard to find good data on this, but I think even people who normally follow politics are a bit disinterested in this election.”


'But, Blais cautioned, although disinformation may not appear to be influencing broad swathes of the electorate this time, or Canadian society doesn’t appear to be as divided by partisan narratives as the United States, that doesn’t mean we should lower our guard.'

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