ACCAN recently submitted our views on the 2022 review of the Australian Code of Practice on Disinformation and Misinformation (the Code). The Code is administered by Digital Industries Group Inc. (DIGI). The Code was launched in February 2021 and currently has eight signatories: Apple, Adobe, Google, Meta, Microsoft, Redbubble, TikTok and Twitter. The signatories commit to a range of obligations to reduce harms from misinformation and disinformation on their services. The Code also prescribes an independent complaints sub-committee that can help the public resolve disputes with signatories that fail to meet their obligations to combat mis- and disinformation.

ACCAN’s submission draws on a range of sources, including a report from the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), the recently revised European Union Disinformation Code of Practice, and discussions with our members. ACCAN makes 12 recommendations in total. Key recommendations include a call for more public education to inform consumers about the Code and mis- and disinformation, that misinformation should remain in the Code and that the ACMA should continue to oversee the Code. ACCAN will continue to engage with other stakeholders to reduce the harms of mis- and disinformation.

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