Fake News

The hidden costs of social media use in elections: A Ghana case study

Efforts to mitigate the double edged nature of social media in politics must take into account local information environments

End the global media crisis to build democracy

Raising development assistance for the media could help to advance other development goals

SA not immune to the global state of untruth

Falsehoods spread through media and politicians serve to polarise, destabilise and depoliticise

How — and how not — to restore trust in media

In an age of unprecedented access to information, people must improve their media literacy. But that does not let media organizations off the hook

To thine own self …

'Authenticity' is often just a mask that leaders hide behind these days

Did the apartheid government inject black people with HIV? We look to science.

This month, the New African boasts a shocking headline: "We deliberately spread Aids in South Africa." Could that be true?

Nigerian political parties are weaponising fake news

According to new research, the volume of disinformation and fake news in the run-up to the Nigerian election is unprecedented

Our appetite for fake news is a global threat to health

The next battle for global health is likely to be fought on the internet

Fake news: Censorship’s no solution

The public, not private companies or governments, should limit dangerous digital deception

The rise of anti-vaxxer bots: Fake news is going viral — & it’s bad for our health

How do you outrun a lie when science shows misinformation spreads faster than fact?

Study sheds light on scourge of ‘fake’ news in Africa

Disinformation in Africa often takes the form of extreme speech inciting violence and spreading racist, misogynous, xenophobic messages

Facebook blocks 115 accounts on eve of US election

​Facebook says it has blocked some 30 accounts on its platform and 85 more on Instagram after police warned they may be linked to 'foreign entities'

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eThekwini commuters pay for council’s contracts

Perhaps a commission of inquiry can shine the spotlight on public transport in Durban, where bus and taxi passengers have to contend with fare increases and disrupted services

Bishop Emeritus Rubin Phillip: The guerilla priest

From his adventures with Steve Biko to his support for shack dwellers in KwaZulu-Natal, Bishop Emeritus Rubin Phillip has always walked the talk of radical Christianity

Tshwane water woes in court again

The municipality has been accused of deliberately derailing the contract to sort out toxic water crisis in Hammanskraal

Press Releases

Achieving the litmus test of social relevance

The HSS Awards honours scholarly works based on their social relevance and contribution to the humanities and social sciences

Response to the report of the independent assessors

VUT welcomes the publishing of the report of the independent assessors to investigate concerns of poor governance, leadership, management, corruption and fraud at the university.

NWU student receives international award

Carol-Mari Schulz received the Bachelor of Health Sciences in Occupational Hygiene Top Achiever Award.

Academic programme resumes at all campuses

Lectures, practicals, seminars and tutorials will all resume today as per specific academic timetables.

Strategic social investments are a catalyst for social progress

Barloworld Mbewu enables beneficiaries to move away from dependence on grant funding

We all have a part to play to make South Africa work

Powering societal progress demands partnerships between all stakeholders

So you want to be a social entrepreneur?

Do the research first; it will save money and time later

Social entrepreneurship means business

Enterprises with a cause at their core might be exactly what our economy desperately needs