EWN warns against fake news and Twitter accounts

EWN has warned news consumers to be aware of fake news sites and fake Twitter accounts.

Group Editor-in-chief Katy Katapodis has urged the public to be discerning and identify what is and what is not fake news.

Katapodis has cautioned against the dangers of fake news amid the current climate of misinformation in the country.

This comes after fake news accounts (purporting to be authentic news organisations) disseminated false information over the weekend.

Fake Twitter handles similar to those of Huffington Post SA, the Sunday Times and Talk Radio 702 posted tweets and links to false stories involving the Guptas and Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.

I see a political misinformation campaign which is dangers in our country. There is nothing funny about this.

Katy Katapodis, Group Editor-in-chief at EWN

According to Katapodis, these accounts have been made to create confusion and cast doubt on facts and truth, even going as far as photoshopping images.

She advises that the fake accounts appear to be targeting prominent journalists who have been vocal on political matters, in particular state capture.

Katapodis unpacks the difference between parody accounts versus fake news accounts pushing a political agenda.

Take a listen:


Read More
Fake Twitter accounts benefit Zuma and the Guptas - Justice Malala

Fake Twitter accounts benefit Zuma and the Guptas - Justice Malala

It's about discrediting former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela and Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, says political commentator.

Fake Twitter accounts have a political agenda - Media Monitoring Africa

Fake Twitter accounts have a political agenda - Media Monitoring Africa

One of the posts on a fake Twitter account said Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has a political agenda against Guptas.

‘Fake Twitter accounts being used to misinform public’

‘Fake Twitter accounts being used to misinform public’

Media Monitoring Africa says 3 fake news Twitter accounts aim to discredit media heavyweights.

Fake news sites casting doubt on credible journalism, warn experts

Fake news sites casting doubt on credible journalism, warn experts

Ever fallen for fake news? There's a growing number of hoax stories on obscure websites and they may be eroding public trust.

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.

Popular articles
Oscar's family unhappy with producers as movie makes SA debut this weekend

Oscar's family unhappy with producers as movie makes SA debut this weekend

The movie stars Joburg-born actor Andreas Damm as Pistorius and Victoria Secret model Toni Garrn as Reeva Steenkamp.

MiCasa releases 2 minute shower song to save water

MiCasa releases 2 minute shower song to save water

Sanlam has challenged 10 of SA's biggest artists to remix their top selling songs into two minutes.

Statement to remove LLB programme from SA universities is misleading: Max Price

Statement to remove LLB programme from SA universities is misleading: Max Price

Max Price says Council on Higher Education's announcement that UKZN, UCT and UL could lose their LLB accreditation is not right.

[LISTEN] Retired Zimbabwean colonel shares his perspective on current 'coup'

[LISTEN] Retired Zimbabwean colonel shares his perspective on current 'coup'

Stephen speaks to Retired Lieutenant Colonel Martin Rupiya .

Is taking items from the hotel room stealing?

Is taking items from the hotel room stealing?

Tsogo Sun Cape regional manager explains which items are free to be taken home by guests and why.

WATCH: Innovative spray limits toilet flushes and saves water

WATCH: Innovative spray limits toilet flushes and saves water

Loo Me is a simple yet effective scented foam that takes the yuck out of "mellowing" toilets preventing multiple flushes.