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Meta Funds More Fact Checking in Australia Before Elections

Facebook parent Meta Platforms Inc. will provide funds to clamp down on misinformation before Australia’s election as the social-media giant responds to accusations it hasn’t done enough to reduce the spread of inaccurate or harmful content.

Researchers from Melbourne’s RMIT University will join Meta’s external fact-checkers from March 21, Josh Machin, head of public policy for Meta Australia, said Tuesday. Along with Agence France Presse and Australian Associated Press, RMIT FactLab will receive a one-off payment to help review content, Machin said. A Meta representative declined to specify the sums involved.