The South African government has urged all citizens to be aware of what they post and share online in order to avoid posting or broadcasting panic conjuring up fake news on social media platforms.
< Minister-in-Office of the Khumbudzo Presidency On Tuesday afternoon, when Ntshavheni briefed the media on the latest developments regarding the riots in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, he urged citizens to "be careful" of what they post and share online.
“At a troubled time in our democracy, there was a worrying trend of deliberately disseminating false information in order to advance a particular agenda. Those who post such fake or false news want to create fear or panic. We cannot and must not allow those with malicious intentions to sow discord and disharmony, “said Ntshavheni.
” During this period there have been repeated cases of people giving false or fake messages in the form of pictures, videos , News links, public posts, or voice memos. Many people have been made so ignorant that what they have shared is fake, false or downright dangerous. The government is asking everyone to think twice before simply sharing or republishing any content they have received, “said Ntshavheni.
Ntshavheni added that fake or false news is often easy to spot. A simple Google search for a topic or event quickly reveals that the share is fake or incorrect. Likewise, a reverse image search on Google shows whether an image has already been used. This is an easy way to tell if something that has been shared is relevant to a current issue or situation, or if it is an old picture or video that is being used to heat up the current situation. p>
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“The official government website https://www.gov.za/ provides the latest news, speeches and statements about the work of the government as well as headlines. It’s a one-stop news and information portal and a wealth of additional resources, ”she said.
The Real 411 https://www.real411.org/ is a resource for you to report There are four types of digital crime, namely disinformation, hate speech, incitement to violence and harassment by journalists.
Another useful resource is the MySAPS app, a free mobile crime reporting application that is based on smartphones Available on Google Play Store and Apple App Store.
The app enables citizens to interact more effectively with law enforcement agencies by:
• Reporting anonymously through the app
• Find the nearest police stations and facilities
• Quick access to all official SAPS social media platforms