Fear, social status, financial gain: Why do South Africans share fake news?

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Why do South Africans share fake news?
Why do South Africans share fake news?
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With the growth of Covid-19 vaccine hesitancy in South Africa, experts are warning South Africans to refrain from sharing fake news. 

President Cyril Ramaphosa had repeatedly warned that South Africans should avoid circulating rumours or false reports on social media.  

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