We are aware of an increase of false ads and news stories claiming to be from, or endorsed by, CBC or CBC-employees appearing on social media platforms and websites, including CBC websites and apps.
What do we mean by false ads? Ian Hanomansing explains in this short video.
We are working to curb this alarming trend and to remove any false or inappropriate posts from CBC platforms, as well as other social spaces. And you can help us too.
Should you see an inappropriate CBC-related ad on one of CBC’s platforms, you can let us know by sending an email with a screenshot of the ad and the URL of the website you are directed to from the false ad via our Contact Form.
If you’ve spotted a non-CBC related ad that you consider inappropriate or suspect is false on a CBC website or app, please let us know in the same way using our Contact Form.
And if you see a fake or misuse of CBC's logos, name or brand on a non-CBC website or social media platform (eg. Twitter, Facebook, Reddit,) you can report the post/ad to the platform directly to let them know. This can really help us in our efforts to have false ads and stories removed.
You can identify a true CBC News story by looking at the URL in your browser's address bar. The address of real CBC News articles generally begin with "https://www.cbc.ca/news" If you do not see this string of code, or the URL does not include "cbc.ca" at all, it is most likely a fake story.