A user’s guide to combating disinformation — how to take on dark forces

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27 March 2019, Daily Maverick, William Bird

At Media Monitoring Africa (MMA), we are working with social media platforms. We recently ensured that networks of Twitter bots up to mischief were removed, along with others which were actively spreading disinformation.3

MMA is also working with the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) on a world-first platform, Real411.org.za, that will allow people to complain about instances of disinformation — and there are other such initiatives in the pipeline. The public will soon be able to look up campaign adverts to see if the ad they are looking at is really from a political party or is an impostor. These are all critical in the fight against those want to destabilise democracy.

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