Misinformation 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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