The extensive use of social media WeChat in Canadian Chinese communities
has been accused of violating the Canadian Electoral Law
and directed political advertising to voters in Chinese gathering areas
without registering with the Canadian Electoral Commission
Tencent, which owns WeChat
denied the election of election advertisements to Canadian voters
Its spokesperson Lisa Kennedy said
the WeChat platform does not accept or support political advertising.
But the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation received
a Chinese and English bilingual advertisement from the
Canadian Conservative Party attacking
the Liberal Party on WeChat last week
accusing the Liberal Party of legalizing hard drugs like marijuana legalization
The Conservatives refused to comment on the ads
while the Liberal Party denied plans to legalize hard drugs.
The Canadian Election Commission said that
although it will not take the initiative to supervise
the investigation of the occurrence of various social networking sites
if someone reports it
it will make a decision on whether to conduct
a violation of the election law investigation based on the report.