SA expects decisive leadership from the president, including the fight against Covid-19 and holding his Cabinet to account, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.
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Knowingly sharing fake news is a crime subject to 6 months imprisonment under SA’s Covid-19 disaster regulations.
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.
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.
The government will use cellphone towers to trace people who have been in contact with those who tested positive for Covid-19.
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 of Home Affairs Aaron Motsoaledi will lay a charge against people accused of spreading fake news about Covid-19 in South Africa.
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.
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.
Western Cape police deny that its police stations in Cape Town will close as a result of the novel coronavirus.
As the novel coronavirus continues to spread around the globe, so does misinformation, fear, fake cures and malicious hoaxes.
WhatsApp on Tuesday placed new limits on message forwarding as part of an effort to curb the spread of misinformation about the coronavirus pandemic.
A Cape Town man who posted a video relating to Covid-19, claiming testing kits are possibly contaminated, has been arrested.
A fake video claiming that Covid-19 testing kits are possibly contaminated, has been condemned by the Eastern Cape Department of Health.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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