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.


2019-02-26 06:00

Mzansi is not fooled.

Nigeria in battle against fake news ahead of elections

2019-02-13 13:16

In Nigeria fake news can be so outlandish, yet widely believed, that the president recently felt compelled to declare that he had not died and been replaced by a Sudanese body double.

Facebook removes 783 fake pages, accounts tied to Iran

2019-02-02 07:44

Facebook says it has removed 783 Iran-linked pages, accounts and groups from its service for what it calls "coordinated inauthentic behaviour".

WhatsApp limits message forwards to rein in fake news

2019-01-21 21:16

WhatsApp messaging service has begun to globally restrict the number of people a message can be forwarded to, in an attempt to fight fake and misleading information from going viral on its platform.

WATCH: Older people, conservatives more likely to share fake news: study

2019-01-10 13:48

Facebook users aged 65 plus and conservatives are more likely to share fake news on the platform than younger or more liberal counterparts, according to a new study.


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.


2019-02-26 11:48

Pastor Lukau is living large.

EXPOSED: 2 cops and a DJ from KZN linked to fake news website Newsbru

2019-02-15 07:27

Two police officers and a DJ from KwaZulu-Natal have been linked to the fake news websites and, which published articles copied from other news sites.

Spot the fake news: How analysing patterns helps students detect deceptive media

2019-02-07 13:53

Showing students how to determine source credibility, and to analyse tone, bias and motive, is a great way to help them with their media literacy. Here's how students are filtering through and deciphering what they’re reading.

Facebook will expand systems to fight election-meddling globally

2019-01-28 15:00

Facebook is betting that the strategy it adopted to guard against meddling during the 2018 US mid-term elections will work in other countries.

WhatsApp is cutting its forward limit to 5 from 20 – straight away

2019-01-21 13:59

The company announced on Monday that it will limit to five the number of people you can forward a message to, as it struggles to contain wild-fire rumours and fake news on its platform.

SAPS condemns Khehla Sitole 'fake news', calls for social media sharing to stop

2018-12-23 11:31

A fake news site called ABC News has created a fake news story about National Police Commissioner Khehla Sitole.

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