Disinformation in a time of Covid-19: Weekly Trends in South Africa

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09 May 2021, Daily Maverick, Thandi Smith and William Bird

In practical terms, this seeks to coordinate all the work to enable a more unified national response. Real411 is one source of information, but Unicef, AIRA, the Red Cross and the health department have well-established tools to harvest information from communities, social media platforms and traditional media. By bringing all these efforts together we hope to develop a clear, comprehensive response. As it comes together, the communication can be more clearly tailored to address needs and fears, thus increasing the likelihood of success. While it may sometimes appear that little is being done, there are hundreds of people behind the scenes working diligently to combat Covid-19 disinformation.

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