This code of practice has been developed by the Digital Industry Group Inc. (DIGI), a non-profit industry association that advocates for the interests of the digital industry in Australia.
The code was developed in response to government policy as set out in Regulating in the digital age: government response and implementation roadmap for the Digital Platforms Inquiry, where government asked the major digital platforms to develop a voluntary code of conduct outlining what the platforms will do to address concerns regarding disinformation and credibility signalling for news content. The code also takes into account guidance provided by the Australian Communications and Media Authority set out in Misinformation and news quality on digital platforms in Australia: a position paper to guide code development.
The digital platforms who have signed this code recognise their role as important actors within the Australian information ecosystem and have already implemented a range of measures to tackle the propagation of disinformation and misinformation amongst users of their services and products. This code is designed to express the minimum commitments made by Signatories to address the propagation of Disinformation and Misinformation (as defined in this code) via digital platforms.