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Tech platforms such as Facebook, Google and Twitter could issue regular warnings to users about the trustworthiness of news articles and advertisements under a newly formed code designed to reduce the spread of misinformation and harmful content on the internet.

Political advertisements that misrepresent or deceive the public could also be prohibited and tools to help users know if they’ve been targeted by a political party are also expected to be introduced by the platforms in order to meet a series of commitments laid out in a voluntary misinformation and disinformation code of practice.

Google and Facebook are among the signatories of a new code of practice.

Google and Facebook are among the signatories of a new code of practice.Credit:Getty

Such a move could reduce the prominence of false information in the lead up to this year’s federal election and avoid the spread of claims such as the 2019 Labor death tax. It would add to efforts by the tech platforms to manage misleading claims during the 2020 US election.

“People misleading others, or people being misinformed, are not new problems – but the digital era means that false information can spread faster and wider than before,” DIGI Managing Director Sunita Bose said. “Companies are committing to robust safeguards against harmful misinformation and disinformation that also protect privacy,
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