August 18, 2011

Social media prompts a rethink of election laws

By Alfred Hermida
The runaway popularity of social media is prompting a rethink of rules on election reporting in Canada. During the last federal vote in May, Elections Canada warned people against tweeting or sharing on Facebook the results from polls in the east of the country, before voting had ended in the west. A 70-year-old law prohibits the premature transmission of election results.  The idea was to ... [More]

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April 27, 2011

Social media is transforming how Canadians get their news

By Alfred Hermida
Today, the Canadian Media Research Consortium (CMRC) releases its latest report, showing how the rise and popularity of social media are affecting how Canadians get their news—and from whom. The third in the CMRC's series of reports on Canadian news habits, Social Networks Transforming How Canadians Get the News shows that many people now expect the news to come to them, filtered by family, ... [More]

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