Minister 'not feeling great' about social media co-operation as election nears

Canada democratic institutions minister is saying the Canadian government isn't getting enough co-operation from the world's big social-media companies to head off foreign interference in the federal election.

Karina Gould warns ``there is a lot left to be desired in terms of how seriously they're taking these issues.''

Federal officials have had several discussions with online platforms such as Facebook and Google on how they plan to protect Canadians during the national electoral process, but Gould told a news conference they have not really seen that much progress with them.

Google Canada swiftly responded by saying the company had met several times with the minister and her staff, Elections Canada, the commissioner of elections and the Privy Council Office to discuss its plans on transparency, cybersecurity and information.

Facebook Canada says it has devoted significant time and energy to the issues, and pledged to introduce new tools for advertisers before the end of June.

Gould, however, suggested Canada might move to regulate social-media companies through a code of practice, legislation or another such tool.

The federal election in in October.