Meta reiterates politician claims will not be fact-checked for Australian federal election

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Meta, formerly Facebook, has reiterated fact-checking of politician claims will not be part of its measures for preventing the spread of misinformation in this year’s Australian federal election.

“The speech of politicians are already very highly scrutinised,” Meta Australia policy head Josh Machin told reporters at a press briefing

“It’s scrutinised by [journalists], but also by academics, experts, and their political opponents who are pretty well-positioned to push back or indicate they don’t believe something’s right if they think they’re being mischaracterised.”

Misinformation that is political in nature and comes from people who are not politicians will be eligible to be fact-checked, however.

In clarifying Meta’s stance about fact-checking politicians, the company said its election integrity measures for Australia’s upcoming federal election are its “most comprehensive” yet.

“This is by far the most comprehensive package of election integrity measures we have ever had in Australia,” Machin said.

The Australia Electoral Commission (AEC) last month said it received assurances from large social media platforms that they would allocate more resources for monitoring election disinformation and misinformation for the upcoming Australian federal election.

As part of these measures, Meta has expanded its third-party fact-checking program in

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