BLUFMisinformation is easily spread on the Internet—it is vital to make sure that we check that internet information comes from a reputable source.
This Sydney Morning Herald editorial makes the following points:
- The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) is commended for its latest initiative to combat misinformation and conspiracy theories aggressively.
- Social media companies signed up for a new code of practice in Australia in February 2021, but the voluntary code has been criticised for lacking teeth.
- When misinformation gets to an online feed, it is almost too late to stop it from spreading.
- People with lower digital literacy, numerical literacy, health literacy and cognitive skills were particularly vulnerable to false information about COVID-19.
- We can defeat misinformation with a healthy dose of scepticism and a willingness to check facts and the source of any online information.
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References from the Web:
- SEP 2021 Australia calls for global action to fight online misinformation—Reuters
- FEB 2022 ‘Defend democracy’: The race to tackle conspiracy theories ahead of federal election—SMH