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During the first week of 2021, at least 3 Vodacom and MTN towers were vandalized by "protesters" who believed they are 5G towers. They falsely claimed that 5G towers cause the spread of COVID-19, a false claim being made worse by more 5G fake news going viral in South Africa.
A substantial proportion of people may refuse or delay taking a COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccine hesitancy is a severe threat to global health, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).
According to researchers, social media platforms exploit our emotions and pre-cognate needs like belonging, recognition, acceptance, and pleasure that is ‘hard-wired’ into us to secure our survival. We are the product.
Oresti Patricios, CEO of Ornico Group, is a guest on this episode of The Tefo Mohapi Show to talk about the state of the media industry and the effects of fake news, programmatic advertising, and more.
It’s difficult by design to identify disinformation campaign instigators and their agendas. Consider the case of the “Plandemic” video that blazed across social media platforms in May 2020. The video contained a range of false claims and conspiracy theories about COVID-19.
WhatsApp has announced that it is piloting a new feature to help users fact check forwarded messages. The feature is being rolled out for pilot in a few countries first.
To make health information on YouTube more equitable, those who design recommendation algorithms would have to incorporate feedback from clinicians and patients as well as end users.