EDITORIAL

Social media is turning Australia into a political Wild West for this month's election.

Fake news and loose or exaggerated claims targeting issues that voters are concerned about are appearing on Facebook and other sites.

The ABC reports that Chinese-Australians were the focus of a scare campaign, with origins unknown, about refugee quotas. The material on social media app WeChat claimed that more than a million refugees could come to Australia over the next decade if Labor wins on May 18.

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A Guardian Australia project is tracking attack ads on Facebook. Themes of increased costs and taxes under Labor

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