The Township is creating a page on our website called “Truth Corner”, so the Township can address misinformation and disinformation posted about the Township on social media sites. The Truth Corner will provide a location where the public can find factual information rather than allowing the continued spread of inaccurate information.
We are establishing Truth Corner based on similar actions other municipalities and organizations have taken to combat fake news, twisted truths and exaggerated claims.
Over the last couple of years, we have noticed that misinformation and disinformation (false information intended to deceive) on social media has become increasingly concerning and takes away from the true messages and operations of the Township. Many of these posts and comments lead to the bullying and harassment of staff, Council and members of the public who try to correct the misinformation. This is not acceptable and will no longer be ignored.
Freedom of expression and healthy debate are pillars of democracy that should be exercised on the principles of accuracy and integrity. We want to foster an environment that allows everyone to have a voice, not just those that are the loudest and who intimidate others from contributing.