The Beijing-based TikTok phenomenon that has left Mark Zuckerberg and co scrambling to catch up, has introduced welcome new policies for political party advertising. A breath of fresh air, this social media app which is four years young, reached one billion users in September. It’s a feat Facebook Read full article
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Book review – Disinformation in the Global South – Written by Yossabel Chetty
Written by Yossabel Chetty One thing that the COVID-19 pandemic has made clear is that we are under a serious threat from online falsehoods that have real life consequences and the ability to put strain on the bottom line of businesses. In the Global South certain structural contexts contribute to the spreading of these online...
The Conversation Social media can be a force for good in a crisis: lessons from Lagos
Social media platforms can be used to share critically important information about disaster management. Read full article
702 – Social media tracker
Guest: Stuart Jones, Director of Projects at the Centre for Analytics and Behavioural Change (CABC), based Duration Read full article
Disinformation, misinformation and barefaced lies: The online war of words in the Battle of Nkandla
Jacob Zuma and his supporters have wrapped their campaign around one big misrepresentation, which they unashamedly put into the public discourse at every opportunity: That the former president has done nothing wrong and is being persecuted for political purposes. Tentacles of disinformation have been developed around the big lie to strangle the truth. Read the...
Caolan Robertson – Part 3 of 3. What Next? A Conversation about Addressing ‘Fake News’ in the Future | CABC Podcast
The final conversation with Caolan is a conversation about solutions, and about the future. Caolan has a unique perspective on how the right-wing media operates and what has made it so successful, in this episode we discuss the complexity of working to address disinformation, ‘fake news’ and hate speech online. This episode looks at what...
Caolan Robertson – Part 1 of 3. farmlands – The Making of a Misleading ‘Documentary’ | CABC Podcast
Caolan Robertson (pronounced “kay-lin) was one of the central figures in making right-wing politics mainstream, he worked with people like Tommy Robinson and helped them move from ‘fringe’ to mainstream political commentators. Caolan has since distanced himself from right-wing politics and is now working for ByLine Times. He now works to undo the work he...
Digital Disinformation | Carte Blanche | M-Net
In a high-stakes virtual life where fresh news and new “likes” can mean power and income, the spreading of vital information that sparks emotion and harnesses a following could be a powerful tool for good. But what if digital manipulation goes over to the dark side and targeted online campaigns bring about real-world hatred, conflict,...
Disinformation & Fake News | CABC Podcast
Disinformation …from social media to communications platforms across the globe have become the norm. How do we identify the fake news from what is real? Guest: Adam Armstrong – Project Head for Digital Narrative Manipulation Programme at DFRLab (Digital Forensic Research Lab) Guest: Stewart Jones Listen to full interview
PEAK OF THE WEEK: South Africa’s weekly trends report: 22 to 29 October | Daily Maverick
This is a summary of the trending, highest impact, and most active themes and narratives related to social cohesion and division in South African public domain. Read full article