Misinformation

Total 14 Posts

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.

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).

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.

Fighting the COVID-19 infodemic across Africa

To contain and mitigate the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) misinformation pandemic needs multi-levelled, socio-cultural approaches.

Scientists to join in combating pseudoscience on social media

Conspiracy theories appear to explain what we can’t control. They tend to confirm our bias, although false.

Impact of fake news and cybercrime in South Africa

South Africans have been called on to be more careful and responsible when sharing information regarding the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) on social media. This is to combat the rise of misinformation (fake news), which may be harmful to the society.