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

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17 August 2020, Daily Maverick, William Bird and Thandi Smith

Over the last 11 weeks, Media Monitoring Africa has provided weekly insights of the trends in disinformation complaints we have received on the platform. This week, we will start looking at some of the themes we have seen during the same period.

The Real411 platform accepts complaints related to disinformation as well as to hate speech, incitement to violence, and the harassment of journalists online. Recently, we have seen a spike in complaints about xenophobic content. Given the increase in xenophobic content online, we take a look at some of the trends we have seen since the end of March.

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