Fake news has struck again, this time it has gone after 3 media organizations, The Sunday Times, 702 and the Huffington Post according to reports from EWN.
This comes just two weeks after fake news was circulated on Donald Trump and the threat of fake news, and the negative impact it could have, was brought to light.
A number of false posts have emerged with information that is inaccurate and misleading.
Media Monitoring Africa’s William Bird says these accounts are clearly aimed at using the media to create a misinterpretation of South African politics.
“This is to try and persuade people that there’s another kind of reality, they’re aiming to shift political discourse.”
He says the accounts should not be called parodies as there is nothing satirical about them
“They’re using the accounts to justify what in reality is simply a clear attempt to misinform people.”
Bird says while it is unclear whether the same people created all these accounts all aim to discredit media heavyweights.
The threat of fake news continues to grow, the only way to combat it is through educated and vigilant readers.
Here are some examples of fake news tweets in South Africa:
— HuffPost SouthAfrica (@HuffPostZA) January 20, 2017
— Radio702 (@Radioo702) January 20, 2017