From Egypt to South Africa, fake accounts, bots and generative AI are manipulating African politics. And 2024 is a record year for elections
Combating deliberately wrong information that intends to mislead and misinformation in election year is a civil duty
The company said it would not allow its technology to be used for ‘political campaigns’
What if we never believed any of the fake reports by a fanatical spook community backing Jacob Zuma?
Music, art, dance and writing have key roles to play in solving society’s biggest problems
Self-styled podcasting celebrities – usually male – more and more frequently stray into journalism’s lane, but writer Khanya Mtshali probes the pitfalls of this using the examples of podcasts The Hustlers Corner and Podcast and Chill
As we sit on the brink of the fourth industrial revolution, the theatre of war is still very much a part of our species, and the truth remains both illusive and subjective
The telecommunications giant has donated a further R800 000 to help the independent media stay afloat
Facebook’s micro-targeting algorithms have been used to spread disinformation and sow distrust in democratic institutions around the world. It has a responsibility to act
Steven Hill thinks “digital operating permits” could be the key to reining in tech giants and protecting their users.
With rising awareness of “fake news”, people are more cautious of reflexively hitting share. But how can you quickly verify whether what you’re seeing is true, especially when you’re on your mobile phone?
Here is a guide on what can be done to prevent the spread of fake news online
While the nation is seized with the 10 babies soapie, the third wave is upon us and the country has moved to level-three lockdown
Tanzanian president John Magufuli’s death came after weeks of denial, but reporting on the fitness of African leaders can be perilous for journalists
The Ethiopian government has created its own ‘fact-checking’ unit — and it is not the only government to do so.
Viewers and readers need to trust that news outlets are accurate, balanced, fair and impartial
The Films and Publications Amendment Act aims to protect citizens, but new technology requires that the regulations and guidelines are updated
The rumour mill can shape politics — and reveal uncomfortable truths
A study shows that the social messaging platform is both emancipatory and destructive, particularly during election campaigns
Physical distancing rules do not have to mean that we work in isolation; on the contrary, the need for communication has never been greater
Reliable news coverage is needed more than ever, but trust in the media is at an all-time low
One radio presenter is using the airwaves to bring vital facts about the virus to Dadaab’s 217 000 residents
The cautionary tale of Bell Pottinger reminds us of the role of journalism in a democracy and why we owe it to ourselves to be more responsible about the media we consume
Because most fake news is spread on social media where young people feel comfortable, the government should ask for their help
A deaf man in Kenya spread the message of Covid-19 when he realised a million hearing impaired people were left out of the conversation
“When the threats are not physical, they are economic. The pandemic has already had a devastating impact on the media landscape as advertising revenues have plunged.”
In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Eswatini, South Africa and Zimbabwe have implemented new rules on disinformation. But these may have unintended consequences
The provisions have been introduced to contain the spread of Covid-19, but some may infringe on certain constitutional rights
New regulations have a far-reaching impact on people’s rights, but they are finely balanced against people’s Constitutional rights
Efforts to mitigate the double edged nature of social media in politics must take into account local information environments
Raising development assistance for the media could help to advance other development goals
Falsehoods spread through media and politicians serve to polarise, destabilise and depoliticise