Behind the scenes!

Posted on 12th May 2021

It’s easy to feel disheartened about South Africa’s vaccination programme being so slow to get off the ground, not to mention the possibility of a third wave of Covid-19.  Far too often our government has had a poor relationship with helping us understand the basics. Communication has often been treated as useful only when it […]

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World Press Freedom Day and Disinformation

Posted on 5th May 2021

It was a big week for our media, appearing before the Zondo Commission we heard President Cyril Ramaphosa highlighting not only the critical role of the media in a democracy but also commending the Fourth Estate saying: “I will commend the role of the media; the media has played a phenomenal role in investigating State Capture, […]

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Fighting disinformation in the lead up to elections!

Posted on 28th Apr 2021

In the lead-up to elections, it is vital that we create awareness about disinformation and encourage everyone to report any instances of potential disinformation. Quality journalism and fact checks are essential tools for combating disinformation, but so too are: Accurate, consistent, clear communication from key stakeholders on all election-related matters; Building critical digital literacy skills […]

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Local government elections 2021: matters of choice

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Last week was even more unusual than normal – for one thing, we had our local election date – 27 October – announced some six months ahead of the actual polls. It’s the first time we can think of that we have known the date so far in advance. It may be to do with […]

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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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