Inquiry into the Impact of Social Media on Elections and Electoral Administration

Survey

The Electoral Matters Committee is currently considering the impact of social media and online advertising on Victorian state elections.

We’re interested in people’s answers to the following questions. Responses to this survey are considered a submission. Once accepted by the Committee, your answers will be treated as a public document and published, along with your name (but not your contact details).

You are also welcome to make a written or online submission discussing any issues relevant to this inquiry. If you wish to make a confidential submission please email emc@parliament.vic.gov.au or call (03) 8682 2805.

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What do you think about the following ideas?

Q1. Encouraging social media platforms to take more action against inappropriate activities (such as bots, harassment, trolling, spreading fake news).

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Q2. The government funding media literacy campaigns to help people know what they can trust online.

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Q3. Requiring public disclosure of all online political advertising (for example, webpages created by social media platforms showing all of the political advertising on their platform and who paid for it, or webpages created by parties/candidates showing all of the online ads they have run).

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Q4. Requiring online electoral advertising to state who paid for it.

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Q5. Government support for independent and trust-worthy organisations that can fact-check claims or identify misinformation.

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Q6. Using independent organisations (e.g. the Victorian Electoral Commission) as a source of reliable information about electoral candidates.

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Q7. New laws requiring truth in political advertising.

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Q8. Are there other things you’d like to see the government do relating to social media or online advertising and elections?

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If you’d like to say more, you can make a submission discussing any issues relevant to this inquiry.

Last Updated on Monday, 31 August 2020