Townsville Bulletin



THE federal government is being urged to crack down on viral misinforma­tion on social media in the lead-up to the next federal election.

Technologi­cal advocacy group Reset Australia pointed to Facebook’s decision to relax its election-proofing measures prior to the US Capitol riots as demonstrat­ing the consequenc­es of the social media giant’s unchecked power.

Reset Australia tech policy director Dhakshayin­i Sooriyakum­aran called for the government to mandate platforms publish an election “live list” of the most viral misinforma­tion that had the potential to have a serious societal impact.

“Timid efforts to self-regulate haven’t worked. Voluntary and opt-in codes, such as the Australian code of conduct on disinforma­tion and misinforma­tion, are insufficie­nt,” he said.

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