Social media giants including Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat, WeChat and TikTok may be forced to turn over data on posts and audience figures so the government can decide whether to tighten laws on misinformation.
Such data is the currency of social media companies, which have become among the world’s most valuable firms by using it to target ads, and they guard it closely.
Communications Minister Michelle Rowland believes media regulators will not be able to understand the problem misinformation poses if they cannot see it.Credit:Oscar Colman
Communications minister Michelle Rowland doesn’t know what the data might show, but believes media regulators will not be able to understand the problem misinformation poses if they cannot see it.
The Australian Communications and Media Authority has no power to demand the data despite an industry code intended to show how the industry is stamping out misinformation.