Disinformation in a time of Covid-19: A year on, here’s the 411 on what we have learnt about disinformation

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22 March 2021, Daily Maverick, Thandi Smith and William Bird

Through Real411, Media Monitoring Africa has been tracking disinformation trends on digital platforms since the end of March 2020. Using the Real411 platform, we have analysed disinformation trends that have largely focused on Covid-19.

This week Real411 turns one year old. We think that’s pretty cool and we will celebrate with socially distanced cake. Real411 was a pilot that sought to ensure digital content could be assessed on the same basis as all other media content, and that it was assessed on the same principles regardless of platform.

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