‘Fake news’ is already spreading online in the election campaign – it’s up to us to stop it

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Abstract

We’re only days into the federal election campaign and already the first instances of “fake news” have surfaced online.

Over the weekend, Labor demanded that Facebook remove posts it says are “fake news” about the party’s plans to introduce a “death tax” on inheritances. Labor also called on the Coalition to publicly disavow the misinformation campaign.

An inauthentic tweet purportedly sent from the account of Australian Council of Trade Unions secretary Sally McManus also made the rounds, claiming that she, too, supported a “death tax”. It was retweeted many times – including by Sky News commentator and former Liberal MP Gary Hardgrave – before McManus put out a statement saying the tweet had been fabricated.
Original languageEnglish
Pages1-5
Number of pages5
Volume2019
No.April
Specialist publicationThe Conversation
PublisherThe Conversation
Publication statusPublished - 24 Apr 2019

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