Canadians say they’re able to spot fake news online without help from federal fact checkers, says in-house research by the Communications Security Establishment. Participants in federal focus groups expressed unease with the government “declaring what is true or not.”

“Everyone said they regularly see examples of disinformation online and felt it has escalated considerably in the last few years,” said a report. “Some spoke of social media as a place where they most often find disinformation.”

“Most participants said they feel confident they can tell the difference between real and false information you see on the internet, at least most of the time,” said the Study On Online Disinformation Advertising Creative Testing. Findings were based on questionnaires with eight focus groups. Ekos Research Associates was paid $45,192 for the report.

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