So, what types of complaints have we received over the last few weeks?

Posted on 20th Apr 2021

One of the classic cases of false information (not quite disinformation, and we’ll explain why) is what is considered to be doctored images. Here we see a real image of a public figure – in this case Police Minister Bheki Cele – which has been slightly manipulated. The image is real, yes, taken from a […]

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Tips to remember when you are browsing online platforms!

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Has the story been reported by any credible media outlets?  Does the content invoke a strong emotional response?  Does the content seem too good to be true?  Are there any other sources sharing the same information?  Check the URL for any strange numbers/added letters (this usually indicates a dodgy website; if you aren’t sure, check […]

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Disinformation, like any other trend, seems to have its own peaks and troughs!

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Real411 was developed as an independent, expert-led platform to take action against disinformation, hate speech, incitement to violence and harassment of journalists online. Unlike complaints that a user may submit to any social media platform, all complaints submitted will be assessed according to the same principles, and the reasons set out for a decision.  Real411 also […]

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Disinformation in a time of Covid-19: Weekly trends in South Africa

Posted on 24th Feb 2021

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc in our country, those who seek to cause confusion, chaos, and public harm, have powerful tools of mis- and disinformation to do just that. This week, as usual, we look at some key trends and then look at another big tech issue that hit the news, involving […]

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DISINFORMATION IN A TIME OF COVID-19: WEEKLY TRENDS IN SOUTH AFRICA

Posted on 4th Dec 2020

Through the Real411, Media Monitoring Africa has been tracking disinformation trends on digital platforms since the end of March 2020. Using the Real411 platform we have analysed disinformation trends which have largely focused on Covid-19. To date, 1,039 complaints have been submitted to the platform since March 2020, 95% of which have been assessed by experts, and […]

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Fighting disinformation with Redi Tlhabi, Eusebius McKaiser , Chester Missing and Alan Committie

Posted on 6th Nov 2020

Well-known South African personalities share their views on the Mis/Disinformation Campaigns that have come to rise to push false narratives ! WATCH THE FULL VIDEO HERE: https://bit.ly/2TBrkqq

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Disinformation in a time of Covid-19: Weekly Trends in South Africa

Posted on 9th Oct 2020

Through Real411, Media Monitoring Africa has been tracking disinformation trends on digital platforms since the end of March 2020. Using the Real411 platform, we have analysed disinformation trends that have largely focused on Covid19. To date, the platform has received 762, with 96% of the complaints resolved. Over the past several weeks, we have been unpacking […]

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Local issues, global challenges – Disinformation in the lead up to 2021 Local Government Elections

Posted on 15th Sep 2020

By Guy Berger, UNESCO director for strategies and policies in the field of communications and information. Local issues, global challenges – Disinformation in the lead up to 2021 Local Government Elections Here’s the problem: As we have seen in COVID-19, disinformation – whether it starts with duplicitous and destructive intent, or whether it is just […]

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DISINFORMATION IN A TIME OF COVID-19: WEEKLY TRENDS IN SOUTH AFRICA

Posted on 9th Sep 2020

07 September 2020, Daily Maverick, William Bird and Thandi Smith Through the Real411 platform, Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) has been tracking disinformation trends on digital platforms since the end of March 2020. Using the Real411 platform we have analysed disinformation trends which have largely focused on Covid-19. The past week was officially the start of spring in […]

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‘If it is fake, it is not news’ – Prof Tawana Kupe on the context in which ‘fake news’ has arisen.

Posted on 3rd Sep 2020

The success of disinformation campaigns in the 21st century is due to the fact that we now have a category of news that has the name “fake news”. Something becomes legitimate when it has a name or becomes a concept. Misinformation, otherwise now known as fake news, is a risk to many things: to academic integrity, […]

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