WhatsApp group admins may be criminally liable for fake news in SA – under these conditions

2020-04-08 06:36

Knowingly sharing fake news is a crime subject to 6 months imprisonment under SA’s Covid-19 disaster regulations.

FACT CHECK: How a lie about Bill Gates and a vaccine for the coronavirus exploded on Twitter

2020-04-07 13:29

A lie about IT billionaire and philanthropist Bill Gates wanting to test a Covid-19 vaccine in Africa has exploded on social media across the world over the past two weeks, resulting in widespread outrage on Twitter.

People who spread fake news are either criminals or just stupid - social media experts

2020-04-06 17:06

Fake news, hoaxes and conspiracy theories have been ubiquitous since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus. People have either, in their ignorance, unwittingly shared false information on their social media pages or via WhatsApp, while others have actively created fake news to serve various malicious objectives.

Government to use cellphone towers to track all Covid-19 contacts

2020-04-02 22:05

The government will use cellphone towers to trace people who have been in contact with those who tested positive for Covid-19.

SA expects WhatsApp to ‘immediately’ remove fake coronavirus news under new rules

2020-03-27 08:21

Spreading fake news about Covid-19 is already a crime in South Africa. Now the class of telecommunications providers of which WhatsApp is the biggest in SA has the responsibility to remove fake news about the disease from their platforms.

Minister to lay a charge over coronavirus fake news

2020-03-25 19:49

Minister of Home Affairs Aaron Motsoaledi will lay a charge against people accused of spreading fake news about Covid-19 in South Africa.

FAKE NEWS on WhatsApp: Coronavirus, doctors from Vienna and 'killer' ibuprofen

2020-03-24 17:07

WhatsApp users have been urged to be wary of fake news reports doing the rounds, including a recent one which claims to be based on a study by the Medical University of Vienna.

Talk of a lockdown in SA due to Covid-19 outbreak is not true – Presidency

2020-03-21 17:51

Rumours doing the rounds on social media that President Cyril Ramaphosa is set to announce a lockdown due to the coronavirus outbreak, is rejected by his spokesperson.

FAKE NEWS | Western Cape cops deny closing police stations because of coronavirus

2020-03-17 08:06

Western Cape police deny that its police stations in Cape Town will close as a result of the novel coronavirus.

Check before you send: Debunking the hoaxes and lies around the novel coronavirus

2020-03-06 05:18

As the novel coronavirus continues to spread around the globe, so does misinformation, fear, fake cures and malicious hoaxes.


WhatsApp tightens rules on sharing to curb spread of fake virus news

2020-04-07 18:46

WhatsApp on Tuesday placed new limits on message forwarding as part of an effort to curb the spread of misinformation about the coronavirus pandemic.

Man who posted fake 'contaminated Covid-19 test kits' video arrested

2020-04-07 08:02

A Cape Town man who posted a video relating to Covid-19, claiming testing kits are possibly contaminated, has been arrested.

FAKE NEWS | No, Covid-19 testing kits are not contaminated

2020-04-06 11:43

A fake video claiming that Covid-19 testing kits are possibly contaminated, has been condemned by the Eastern Cape Department of Health.

FAKE NEWS | No, government is not recording your phone calls or stalking you on social media

2020-03-30 11:48

A fake WhatsApp message is being forwarded by South Africans as panic, uncertainty and irrational behaviour take a foothold countrywide in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak.

FAKE NEWS: No, you don't need a permit to go to shops, and your pets won't die from sanitiser

2020-03-26 16:21

Hoaxes and fake news around the novel coronavirus continue to spread on social media as South Africans ready themselves for government's 21-day lockdown.

Beware fake news on coronavirus, public warned

2020-03-24 20:03

Minister for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, last week set out the regulations in terms of Section 27 (2) of the Disaster Management Act, making the spreading of misinformation on Covid-19 a punishable offence.

FAKE NEWS | No, you don't have to wear a mask when driving

2020-03-24 16:03

A document of unknown origin has been rapidly shared by South Africans in which it is claimed that only one person will be allowed per vehicle, and, should there be a passenger, that person should sit in the back seat and bothshould wear masks.

FAKE NEWS | No, helicopters won't be spraying coronavirus chemicals - govt

2020-03-19 08:40

A post on a Facebook group titled President Ramaphosa SA, posted on Wednesday evening, urged South Africans to stay indoors at 10:00 and claimed that helicopters would spray chemical solutions.

Discovery's Adrian Gore denies penning viral coronavirus letter to employees

2020-03-16 10:40

A letter being distributed on WhatsApp attributed to Adrian Gore, CEO of Discovery, in which he seemingly shares his thoughts on the novel coronavirus, is not written by him.

Social media platforms need stricter policies to curb fake news - SA Regulator

2020-03-04 07:08

Information Regulator Pansy Tlakula says social media platform policies need to be brought in line with national laws as the country grapples with the effect of fake news and disinformation during elections.

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