Independent non-partisan organisation Reset Australia says Facebook has profiled young users and teenagers with sensitive advertising content such as smoking, gambling, and extreme weight loss. The organisation calls for measures to regulate these ads.
Not-for-profit charity Reset Australia reports that Terms and Conditions of popular apps such as TikTok, Instagram, and Snapchat are too difficult for children to read and would require a university degree to understand it. The report gave one platform 2.5 out of 5 stars, and gave two apps a score of zero in terms of readability.
Reset Australia’s report found that anti-vaccine sentiments and misinformation rose among Facebook groups in the country. As conspiracies sway the public, Reset Australia developed a policy to counter these false claims.
Reset Australia is demanding greater data protections for teenagers after it uncovered a Facebook loophole that allows teenagers to be profiled and targeted with advertising based on a range of age inappropriate interests, such as alcohol, smoking, gambling, and extreme weight loss.
Reset Australia describes the Australian Code of Practice on Disinformation and Misinformation newly promulgated by Digi – the body representing several of the digital giants – as "pointless".
A newly formed coalition of health and technology experts is calling on the Australian Parliament to force big tech companies to reveal the true extent of COVID-19 “misinformation”.
Although Google has come to a deal to pay French publishers for news. Google Australia is threatening to withdraw Google Search and services from Australia, with Reset Australia's Chris Cooper suggesting regulation is the answer.
Decisions about closing someone's social media account should be transparent and there should be avenues to appeal, according to Reset Australia, which claims that ultimately the real harm from Big Tech's “unchecked algorithms and data usage” can't be solved by a voluntary code.
Google and Facebook’s voluntary disinformation code doesn’t offer Australians any real protections from the effects of “dangerous and false information” online, according to a claim by Reset Australia.
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