The Department of Canadian Heritage seeks a bigger budget to monitor internet “disinformation.” Millions more are needed to keep up surveillance on internet users who promote incorrect “political beliefs,” it said.

The scale and scope of disinformation was “expanding along with potential for associated harms,” said a department report. It proposed more funding for a $7.1 million-a year program called the Digital Citizen Initiative that funds researchers on the lookout for fake news.

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