Canada Joins the World in a Social Media Crackdown
• And after long being a laggard on internet privacy and regulation, the United States is now taking interest.
Last month Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, said that it was time to regulate his company.
And make sure you read this provocative column, published in Opinion this week by the longtime tech writer and, more recently, Times columnist Kara Swisher.
“Let me be clear — I love technology, including my deeply felt relationship with that iPhone that spans decades now,” she wrote. “But it has never been more urgent to put up some guardrails. While I do not consider the behemoth tech companies monsters, they can and do act monstrously.”
This week’s Trans Canada and Around The Times highlights were compiled by Lindsey Wiebe, the Canada audience growth editor.
—It’s “very likely that Canadian voters will encounter some form of foreign cyber interference” in the election this October, according to a report by Canada’s electronic eavesdropping and security agency.
—Facebook has banned several far-right groups and figures in Canada, including Faith Goldy, who ran for mayor of Toronto last year.
—It’s an inescapable fact of life in Resolute Bay, Nunavut: In spite of the frigid temperatures, the ice is melting. And that means the Russians are coming.
—A Toronto jury has proposed new safety recommendations seven years after a stage roof collapsed at a Radiohead concert and killed a technician.
—Racism was entrenched in Nova Scotia when Joan Jones, who died this month at 79, moved there in the 1960s. She knew she had to change that.
Around The Times
—Canada has reached its lowest poverty rate in history, David Brooks writes in the Opinion section. What’s its secret?
—Boeing and the airlines that rely on its planes have been scrambling to adjust since the 737 Max was grounded. And with no timeline for the return of the Max, costs are mounting.
—A man infected with the newly discovered Candida auris fungus died after being hospitalized for 90 days. But the germ did not — and proved so invasive the hospital had to rip out parts of the floor and ceiling to eradicate it.
—There are small ways to improve any job, and those incremental improvements can add up to major increases in job satisfaction.