Home affairs flags steps to help Australians identify fake news by foreign powers

Senate inquiry into foreign interference through social media hears activity against Australian interests is occurring at an ‘unprecedented scale’

The home affairs department has warned foreign interference activity against Australian interests is occurring at an “unprecedented scale” and says measures to help people to identify fake news could be one of the potential responses to defending sovereignty.

The stark warning is contained in a submission to the Senate select committee on foreign interference through social media. The inquiry was established last year to investigate the risks posed to Australia’s democracy by foreign interference through social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter and WeChat.

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