Huffington Post SA doesn't verify identities of bloggers - Editor

Former Mail & Guardian editor and inaugural editor-in-chief of Huffington Post South Africa, Verashni Pillay, says the publication doesn't verify the identities of bloggers before publishing.

Pillay spoke to Talk at Nine Host, Karima Brown on Sunday night.

Last week Huffington Post SA, published an article titled: “Could It Be Time To Deny White Men The Franchise?”.

The author of the piece was a Shelley Garland, an “MA Philosophy Student”.

Columnist and blogger Tom Eaton wrote a piece on his blog titled “The Huffington Ghost: A New Low For SA Media” giving a detailed account of how Laura Twiggs who is a writer, editor and content specialist based in Cape Town took it upon herself to uncover the real identity of the author of the Huffington Post SA blog.

Twiggs' investigation uncovered that Shelley Garland who claimed to be an MA philosophy student from the University of Johannesburg was in fact a fictitious made up character.

We have never done identity checks. We accept people's blogs in good faith that they are who they say they are. This is something we need to immediately change, from now on I will ask people to give us proof of identity and so on.

Verashni Pillay, Huffington Post SA

Pillay also explained why they removed the blog from the publication's website on April 15.

We thought it would cause further damage to us.

Verashni Pillay, Huffington Post South Africa

Democratic Alliance (DA) Chief Whip John Steenhuisen says Pillay needs to consider stepping down after this incident.

Pillay said she is in no position to answer Steenhuisen's comments, but she will "consider" everything he raised.

She admitted that this was an oversight on their part as the publication.

Listen to the full interview here...

CapeTalk welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the CapeTalk community a safe and welcoming space for all.

CapeTalk reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

CapeTalk is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
SABC TV news staffers threaten to strike over 'unlawful' production unit merger

SABC TV news staffers threaten to strike over 'unlawful' production unit merger

The Television News Technical Personnel say the SABC must undo the merger or news employees will go on strike, union Bemawu warns.

Cosatu: planned strike against state capture a unanimous decision

Cosatu: planned strike against state capture a unanimous decision

Cosatu general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali says the federation is united in its call for nationwide strike action on Wednesday.

Huffington Post SA introduces indigenous offerings

Huffington Post SA introduces indigenous offerings

The South African version of the US-based online publication will have various indigenous language offerings.

Mail & Guardian sticking to its story on Maimane's alleged lessons from De Klerk

Mail & Guardian sticking to its story on Maimane's alleged lessons from De Klerk

DA leader Mmusi Maimane rejecs the Mail & Guardian story, which claims that he takes leadership advice from FW de Klerk.

Maimane: There's no lesson I could learn from FW de Klerk

Maimane: There's no lesson I could learn from FW de Klerk

DA leader Mmusi Maimane says he only met former president FW de Klerk once, and he doesn't take leadership lessons from him.

Stability, new vision top Pillay's to-do list at Mail & Guardian

Stability, new vision top Pillay's to-do list at Mail & Guardian

The Mail & Guardian announced the appointment of Verashni Pillay as its new Editor-in-chief as of 19 October 2015.

Popular articles
Hassen Adams (he brought Burger King and Dunkin’ Donuts to SA) talks money

Hassen Adams (he brought Burger King and Dunkin’ Donuts to SA) talks money

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Adams about his attitude to money (hopes and fears, successes and failures, etc.).

Eusebius Opinion: "Let go Kevin Pietersen, you do not own the school"

Eusebius Opinion: "Let go Kevin Pietersen, you do not own the school"

McKaiser responds to former SA, now England cricketer Pietersen's comments over Maritzburg College pupils holding EFF t-shirts.

Twitter is gobsmacked as Nigeria honours Jacob Zuma with bronze statue and road

Twitter is gobsmacked as Nigeria honours Jacob Zuma with bronze statue and road

During Zuma's visit to Nigeria, the Governor of the Imo State in Nigeria, Mr Owelle Okorocha, conferred an Imo Merit Award on him.

Minister Lynne Brown's partner scored R1.2 million contracts with Eskom

Minister Lynne Brown's partner scored R1.2 million contracts with Eskom

Sikonathi Mantshantsha says this revelation explains why Brown was reluctant to take any action against Eskom executives.

KZN school ordered to stop action against students with EFF shirts

KZN school ordered to stop action against students with EFF shirts

A letter has been addressed to the Maritzburg College principal after an image of the boys went viral last week.

Kloof Street residents living in fear as crime multiplies

Kloof Street residents living in fear as crime multiplies

A Cape Town man was stabbed to death on Saturday while trying to assist two women who were being mugged on Kloof street.

‘I started my thriving business with R5000 (and made a profit in the 1st month)’

‘I started my thriving business with R5000 (and made a profit in the 1st month)’

After 3 years there are 3 Nic Harry stores (incl online) that sell 100 000 pairs of socks in over 20 countries around the world.