Our Links & Misinformation Database keeps track of every domain that is shared on Twitter using #CDNPoli. The links shared on #CDNpoli are categorize as followed

Blacklist

Imposter, misinformation (aka … ‘fake news’) and malicious websites. They are often disguised to appear like a mainstream news organization and may include articles on regular news and events with intent to mislead. Includes known bad actors, based on lists compiles by Politifact or Buzzfeed News

Business/Industry Association

Website for business or industry organizations and publications that advocate on issues and policies that affect Canadian business and economic interests.

Government/International Organizations (comprised of governments)

Website domains for governments and governmental bodies at all levels within Canada and internationally.

Mainstream Media (CA)

Media organizations in Canada and internationally that report on news, issues and events at local, provincial, national and international levels using traditional media (print, radio and TV) and digital platforms. Includes domains owned and operated by news and media organizations listed at News Media Canada, the Canadian Association of Broadcasters and Magazines Canada.

NGOs

Websites for non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and non-profit, civil society organizations which operate independent of government to address specific issues or causes. They can be international or Canadian-based and be active at local, provincial or national levels.

Official Parties

Registered and eligible political parties and candidates at the federal level in Canada. Includes domains owned by Canadian political parties as listed by Elections Canada.

Other/Misc. Sites

Includes websites that don’t fit into any other category, or that have not yet been categorized.

Partisan and Hyper-partisan Sites

Partisan sites are operated by individuals or groups that advocate for a specific organization or point of view. Partisan websites can appear similar to mainstream media and include articles and reporting on news, issues and events, but a defining characteristic is the use of content that promotes or favours a specific issue or a particular political or ideological position.

Satire

Websites that use satire, humour or irony to entertain and explore contemporary political, cultural and social issues. They are non-partisan and target both sides of the political spectrum. 

Social Media

Includes links to content shared on other social media sites such as YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Reddit,*Chan,TikToK, Tumblr, etc…

Think tanks/pollsters

Includes domains owned by independent, non-profit policy and research institutes that conduct research on and advocate for social, economic and policy issues. Pollsters conduct opinion polls on a range of subjects and issues, including voter preference polls during election campaigns.