Fake News

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Nigeria's government has suspended Twitter

Nigeria has banned Twitter after the social media platform deleted a tweet by President Buhari. Only people using VPN services are able to access the service.

5G fake news lead to burning of cellphone towers

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.

Social media fake news is fuelling COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy

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).

Re-evaluating our relationship with social media platforms

According to researchers, social media platforms exploit our emotions and pre-cognate needs like belonging, recognition, acceptance, and pleasure that is β€˜hard-wired’ into us to secure our survival. We are the product.

Oresti Patricios on the state of the media industry

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.

Disinformation campaigns are murky blends of truth, lies and sincere beliefs

It’s difficult by design to identify disinformation campaign instigators and their agendas. Consider the case of the β€œPlandemic” 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 added a feature to help users fact check forwarded messages

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.