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(Bloomberg) — Facebook Inc.’s announcement Thursday that it had shut down a network of phony accounts attempting to influence the November elections reinforced fears that people are working to use social media to undermine U.S. democracy. But unlike 2016, when most attention focused on campaigns associated with the Russian government, this year’s wave of disinformation is coming largely from President Donald Trump and his American supporters, a growing body of research shows, raising new challenges for social media companies. 



a close up of a sign: American flags are displayed on privacy screens at a polling station in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S., on Tuesday, May 22, 2018. The fall election comes into better focus today, when Arkansas, Georgia, and Kentucky choose major-party nominees and runoffs will end months of uncertainty about which House candidates will be on the ballot in Texas.


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American flags are displayed on privacy screens at a polling station in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S., on Tuesday, May 22, 2018. The fall election comes into better focus today, when Arkansas, Georgia, and Kentucky choose major-party nominees and runoffs will end months of uncertainty about which House candidates will be on the ballot in Texas.

Facebook tied the campaign it exposed Thursday to Rally Forge, a U.S. marketing firm hired

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No one should doubt that gambling addiction is a real problem. Nor should we be blind to the fact that a part of what is generated as gambling-related revenue — whether it be through the PlayAlberta website or any other form of legal gaming in Alberta — comes out of the pocket of those who may have gotten in over their heads or from those who may not be able to afford their losses.

However, we should also not fall into the trap of thinking that in the absence of a provincially regulated online gaming option that those inclined to make use of such a portal will simply find something else to occupy their time. It’s not a question of whether people will partake in online gaming but how they choose to do so.

PlayAlberta is still a work in progress, with more gaming options to be

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