Failed insurrection has deep roots in social media narrative manipulation

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17 August 2021, City Press, Molebogeng Mokoka

Media Monitoring Africa’s Thandi Smith said suggestive posts from high-ranking political and public figures officials had reached a large number of social media users quickly and indirectly exacerbated tensions.

“Suggestive content fuelled amplification,” said Smith.

“We saw 40 to 50 different complaints with pieces of content that were reported as incitement to violence. Some of it was incitement, some of it was suggestive content,” she said, adding that it was harder to take decisive action against suggestive content.

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