From before the COVID-19 pandemic forced a great many activities to go digital, social media has played an increasingly important role in local, provincial and federal elections. Through social media platforms, candidates and voters can connect rapidly and directly. This has brought new opportunities but also new challenges, including high volumes of abusive and toxic messages directed at candidates and elected officials.
Dr. Grace Lore and her team have been researching the forms and effects of online harassment, particularly during the 2019 federal election. She will join us to talk about her research, and to discuss policy changes and individual strategies to address this problem.
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