Fake News

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The fake news problem

We like the information that confirms what we believe, whether it is true or false. This is why we quickly share the news that is aligned with what we want to be true, irrespective of whether the information is factual or not.

Criminal charge laid against Stephen Birch for spreading COVID-19 fake news

A criminal charge has been laid against a South African man for distributing fake news about COVID-19. Stephen Donald Birch distributed a video on social media in which he claimed South Africa's COVID-19 test kits are contaminated and people must refuse to be tested.

5G does not cause the spread of COVID-19

Conspiracy theories often arise when people try to make sense of the world they live in, especially when it is being disrupted like the time we are living in. One such conspiracy theory that is making the rounds is that 5G is the cause of COVID-19.

Out-of-context photos are proving powerful in spreading misinformation

Images without context or presented with text that misrepresents what they show can be a powerful tool of misinformation, especially since photos make statements seem more believable.

We have entered uncharted territory

It was always going to end up like this, with the web becoming slowly a replacement (in some cases) for the real physical world, it is becoming increasingly difficult to differentiate between what is real or not. Welcome to the post-truth world.

How Kenyans are getting conned by fake Internet ads

With more and more people gaining access to the Internet, more people are also using the Internet to scam others. In Kenya, there is a rise of fake online ads that con people out of their money.

Fake news poses a threat to human health

Effects of fake news on the health industry trends could be countered by better communications training for researchers and health professionals, especially in poorer countries.