A wave of election misinformation is about to come at you. Are you ready?

Less than a week into the official election campaign, social media feeds are flooded with ads, candidates’ faces peer down from billboards around every corner and the media is reporting breathlessly on every word spoken by Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his Labor challenger Anthony Albanese.

From the plethora of claims made by politicians about the other side’s record on the economy, climate and public services, to an influx of imported narratives about the electoral process, there’s a lot of incorrect and misleading information circulating.

Through the election campaign, both RMIT ABC Fact Check and RMIT FactLab will be working to stop misinformation in its tracks, and will be vital resources for accurate information.

FactLab has partnered with both Meta (Facebook’s parent company) and the Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism and Ideas to identify and debunk misinformation spreading online.

Scott Morrison speaking at a press conference.  A red overlay reading "DOCTORED IMAGE" is present.
RMIT FactLab recently debunked this image of Scott Morrison, which carried a fake chyron which falsely claimed the Prime Minister said flood victims should be grateful for government assistance.(Supplied)

Fact Check, meanwhile, will continue to fact check the statements of politicians and other influential public figures.

So, what should you be on the lookout for? Read on to find out.

What are the politicians saying?

A composite image of Anthony Albanese and Scott Morrison
Politicians from both sides began circulating less-than-correct claims before the election was even called.(ABC News: Matt Roberts / Nick Haggarty )

While there’s still a long way to go until election day, a few key narratives have emerged from both government and opposition camps, and not all are rooted in facts.

In the wake of the government’s recently tabled budget Fact Check found both Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and those opposite him to have made a number of misleading suggestions about government spending and the economy.

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