Eskom now flags 'fake news' on its website

2020-01-09 12:31

Eskom recently launched a dedicated section on its website flagging reports it says are fake.

Facebook staff opposes policy allowing lies in political ads

2019-10-29 05:00

The group's CEO Mark Zuckerberg has strongly argued against fact-checking in political ads.

Misleading social media posts fuel tensions over xenophobic violence gripping SA

2019-09-05 21:33

Misleading social media posts about the anti-migrant violence gripping South Africa have been spreading across the continent, fuelling tensions that have already sparked reprisal attacks in Nigeria.

7 simple steps to spot fake news

2019-08-17 07:20

Despite its increasing notoriety, fake news has been around since the early days of print media. Some fake news articles are easier to spot than others. Here are some tips to help you distinguish fact from fiction.

Absa job ad on notorious Facebook page is a scam

2019-07-11 10:39

A fake advert posted on the Facebook page 'Jobs learnership and bursary' claims Absa bank, one of South Africa's largest financial services organisations, is hiring.

Facebook acts on 'sensational' health claims after report slams bogus cancer cures

2019-07-02 21:53

Facebook and YouTube said on Tuesday they were moving to reduce the spread of misleading health care claims after a media report showed the proliferation of bogus cancer cures on social media.

With great (social media) power, comes great responsibility

2019-06-05 12:02

Tweeters like Panyaza Lesufi and journalists such as myself need to be extra careful about how we wield the superpower of social influence, writes Mandy Wiener.

A Kenyan journalist convinced world media that a South African student conned his way into free KFC – even though it wasn’t his first dodgy story

2019-05-16 16:25

The journalist stands by his tweet saying he got the information from reliable sources

Springboks or Zebras? A 'Jesus' statue of Ace Magashule? The April Fools' reports that had people fooled

2019-04-01 15:45

The first of April traditionally brings with it pranks and jokes, with journalists often getting in on the gag and many publications running spoof articles that have readers gasping in disbelief.

6 ways to spot trolls, tricksters and other underminers of democracy

2019-03-25 08:38

Democracy underminers will consistently seek to attack credible media not because they have a principled argument against them, but simply to sow doubt about the information, writes William Bird.


Fake news alert: Trump did not tweet that he asked Ramaphosa to conscript South Africans for war in Iran

2020-01-08 21:32

A circulating screengrab of a "tweet" from US president Donald Trump, purportedly in conversation with President Cyril Ramaphosa about conscripting South Africans for war in Iran, has been debunked as fake.

Twitter account that 'exposed' alleged rapists suspended

2019-09-12 16:17

The Twitter account @helpsurvivers, which "exposed" men when Twitter users tweeted allegations of rape against them, has been suspended.

UPDATE: Gauteng education department warns against false claims of kidnappings at schools

2019-09-04 18:35

Despite claims made on various Twitter accounts that five women were kidnapped in the Hatfield area in Pretoria, no cases have been opened with the police.

Pseudoscience is taking over social media - and it's putting us all at risk

2019-08-03 08:00

Here's what social media companies can do to keep us safer, says Santosh Vijaykumar.

How Facebook fought fake news about Facebook

2019-07-08 14:45

Mark Zuckerberg was reportedly stunned to hear himself described as a former innovator - not a current one.

This doctor is going to drown out fake health news on social media

2019-06-12 15:21

And he's recruiting an army of medical experts to help him.

Facebook closes fake news pages in Poland: rights group

2019-05-18 13:19

Facebook has closed 27 pages in Poland for spreading fake news and hate-filled content ahead of the European parliamentary elections, the civil rights group Avaaz said on Friday.

What's crap on WhatsApp? Now there's a way to fact-check those dodgy viral messages

2019-03-28 05:28

South African WhatsApp users often get bombarded by viral messages making a variety of claims, be it from a neurotic neighbour or a loony relative. Now you can have them fact-checked.

Fighting fake news and disinformation ahead of the election

2019-03-08 05:00

One of the core challenges surrounding disinformation is that it is increasingly difficult to distinguish between what is credible and what is not, writes William Bird.

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