A social media post by Labor Minister Katy Gallagher has been slapped with a fact-check label after she announced new legislation to bolster the digital ID system in Australia.
Australia’s digital ID system currently allows citizens to conduct their business with the government entirely online should they chose to.
The digital ID allows Australians to verify their identity without having to provide multiple personal documents in person.
Ms Gallagher posted to X about the new bill she introduced on Friday which aims to strengthen and expand the system.
“Digital ID is not compulsory,” she wrote.
“It’s a voluntary, secure & convenient way for you to access online services safely without having your personal documents stored by 3rd parties.
“I’m proud to have intro’d our Digital ID Bill this week — this technology will transform our economy.”
A crowdsourced fact-checking feature run by X then added a second entry to the post rated as helpful by other readers, pointing to the potential for the post to be “misleading”.
“Labelling Digital ID as ‘voluntary’ can be misleading if it becomes an implicit requirement for essential services,” the note said.
“A case in point is India’s Aadhaar system, where initially voluntary digital IDs became essential for accessing various public services and benefits.”
A link to a paper on the Aadhaar system from the United States’ University of Washington was also included.
The fact-check label was added as part of a program called ‘Community Notes’ where regular users can apply to be contributors who add extra viewpoints or context to a post.
The notes do not represent X’s viewpoint and cannot be modified or edited by its teams, according to the platform.
“Community Notes aims to create a better-informed world, by empowering people on X to collaboratively add helpful notes to posts that might be misleading,” X said in a statement.
The program has come under fire in recent weeks for being unable to keep up with the onslaught of misinformation circulating on X about the war between Hamas and Israel.
A contributor recently told WIRED magazine they felt the system was “prone to manipulation” and labelled it as “far too slow and cumbersome”.