Google queried over its strategy to prevent being ‘exploited’ by political figures such as Clive Palmer and Craig Kelly, who have been accused of undermining Australia’s response to Covid
Kelly, who has left the Liberal party and is now the federal leader of the UAP, flatly rejected Erickson’s warning. “It is a disgrace and a new low that a political party would ask a foreign oligarch to censor freedom of speech in Australian politics,” the MP told Guardian Australia.
“The idea that an alternate opinion of an expert is misinformation is a claim I categorically reject,” Kelly said. He said Erickson’s appeal to Google amounted to “silencing of genuine debate, and that will leave the public misinformed”.