Toronto lawyer and mediator Howard Winkler tells Global’s 640 Toronto he’s concerned the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) may have overstepped its authority by requesting Twitter delete what it said was a fake account impersonating Environment Minister Catherine McKenna.
At the heart of the matter was whether the account was a parody or an impersonation, but either way, the optics don’t look good, says Winkler, principal and founder of Winkler Dispute Resolution.
“I’m always concerned when the government becomes involved in attempting to persuade parties they have influence over — through their legislative power — to act in a way that’s politically beneficial to the government,” he says. “I would think that the government likely should have a hands-off policy with respect to trying to influence the content on social media.”
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