Fake news sites casting doubt on credible journalism, warn experts

Have you ever read something online that you're not sure is actually true?

Columnist Bronwyn Nortje argues that free internet content gives rise to fake news mongers, which casts doubt on reputable news organisations.

Nortje says that the increase of fake news stories can make readers more reluctant to believe credible headlines.

Because the proliferation of fake news has become so mainstream, it has cast doubt on all types of news.

Bronwyn Nortje, columnist

At the same time, she advises that people are quick to share fake stories - without even reading them - because the articles reinforce their existing views.

She describes this as confirmation bias.

Nortje unpacks the importance of paywalls, fake news propaganda and more.

Take a listen to her detailed analysis:

Meanwhile, media expert William Bird says fake news publications can be subject to legal action in some cases.

However, Bird says the law alone will not resolve the issue. He says that news organisations need to work towards building trust and value with citizens.

Here's how fake news publications tend to get away with it: They;

  • tend not to name sources
  • make up the names of journalist
  • sometimes copy directly from more reputable news sites

He says South Africans need to be on their toes, while journalists need to be more transparent to improve the quality of their news.

Think before you click share... The importance of critical journalism is so fundamental to this new digital era.

William Bird, Executive Director of Media Monitoring Africa

Take a listen:

Also read: [GUIDE] How to stop falling for fake news.


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Zuma lashes out at 101 ANC stalwarts in policy conference opening salvo

Zuma lashes out at 101 ANC stalwarts in policy conference opening salvo

President Zuma went 'off script' on Friday when he castigated his detractors saying many denied being on the 101 stalwarts list.

"Whackhead" Simpson's song about Carl Niehaus was one of Redi's faves

"Whackhead" Simpson's song about Carl Niehaus was one of Redi's faves

In 2009 Carl Niehaus was forced to step down as ANC national spokesperson after fraud allegations surfaced.

Mr. Tlhabi bids Mrs Tlhabi farewell on her last radio show #FarewellRedi

Mr. Tlhabi bids Mrs Tlhabi farewell on her last radio show #FarewellRedi

Brian Tlhabi says his wife, Redi Tlhabi makes him super happy and continues to wish her the best with her future endeavours.

Fake news sites on the rise

Fake news sites on the rise

Mail & Guardian associate editor, Phillip de Wet, says South Africa does not seem to have the will to deal with the problem.

When you find out this is true, it will make you angry

When you find out this is true, it will make you angry

There is no shortage of news stories, but determining which are true is no simple matter.

[LISTEN] Van Breda's call to emergency services: 'My family and I were attacked'

[LISTEN] Van Breda's call to emergency services: 'My family and I were attacked'

The chilling call Henri van Breda made to emergency services on the night his mother, father and big brother were hacked to death.

Popular articles
[LISTEN] John Maytham gets a taste of life on board Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth

[LISTEN] John Maytham gets a taste of life on board Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth

John Maytham and his team hopped on board the luxury ocean liner, which has docked in Cape Town, during a special outdoor broadcast.

Looking for something new to do in CT? Why not consider cycling across the ocean

Looking for something new to do in CT? Why not consider cycling across the ocean

Cape Town Water Bikes is an unusual way to experience the coastline of the South Peninsula. Hop on a water bike and pedal away!

Eusebius: 'We are living in a worse nightmare than we thought'

Eusebius: 'We are living in a worse nightmare than we thought'

Eusebius McKaiser shares his views on the former COO at Bosasa, Angelo Agrizz's testimony at the Zondo Commission.

Bosasa's dirty laundry out in public and Sapo vows to cooperate

Bosasa's dirty laundry out in public and Sapo vows to cooperate

Allegations of massive corruption, tender fraud and blatant mismanagement have emerged at the state capture inquiry.

No more swiping without sweating! Discovery Vitality introduces new swipe system

No more swiping without sweating! Discovery Vitality introduces new swipe system

The health programme piloted a new tag system at the exit points in a bid to crack down on fake gym visits at a few fitness clubs.

President Mnangagwa flies in hired Dreamliner while Zimbabwe in total shut down

President Mnangagwa flies in hired Dreamliner while Zimbabwe in total shut down

Zimbabwean president Emmerson Mnangagwa is expected to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos with no plans of going home.

Woman arrives in CT after driving from Scotland to SA in her old Morris Minor

Woman arrives in CT after driving from Scotland to SA in her old Morris Minor

The journey began in Aberdeen, her father's birthplace, in June last year and ended in Mother City over the weekend.