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Labor appeals to Google over misinformation fears before Australian election

Google queried over its strategy to prevent being ‘exploited’ by political figures such as and , who have been accused of undermining Australia’s response to Covid

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Google must explain what steps it has taken to ensure the company’s platforms and advertising capabilities are not “exploited for ” in the run-up to the next federal , Labor’s national secretary, Paul Erickson, has demanded.

In a letter to Google Australia’s managing director, Mel Silva, seen by Guardian Australia, Erickson raises a number of objections to recent interventions by Clive Palmer and Craig Kelly – activity he says undermines confidence in Australia’s response to Covid-19.

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