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  • Increase in disinformation leading up to elections not enough to destabilise it – MMA

    17 May 2019, News 24, Azarrah Karrim Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) in partnership with the IEC introduced an initiative called The Real411 to help fight the disinformation war. Nomshado Lubisi, MMA …

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  • Report implicating Russia in bid to influence elections ‘nothing more than clickbait’

    17 May 2019, Daily Maverick Meanwhile, comments of third parties quoted in the article itself, e.g. made by William Bird of Media Monitoring Africa and DA Federal Executive chairperson James …

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  • Images of voter queues segregated by race at S. African polling station ‘coincidental’- Electoral Commission

    9 May 2019, Standard Digital, The IEC had warned ahead of the poll that “there are recurring themes of disinformation with every election”. However, William Bird, director of Media Monitoring …

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  • Congratulations to the people of South Africa for the strength of your democracy!

    16 May 2019, News 24, Martin Schäfer I was particularly impressed that the IEC introduced new, innovative instruments that I believe we Europeans can learn a great deal from. Take …

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  • South Africa: Politics in the Twittersphere – How Much Misinformation Did We Get?

    15 May 2019, Daily Maverick, Tessa Knight Social media noise does not necessarily correlate to votes. “If you look at the ZACP and the Black First Land First (BLF), they …

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  • How IEC fought fake news during #Elections2019

    13 May 2019, IOL, Thabiso Goba William Bird, director of MMA, the company that came up with the concept and presented it to the IEC, said the programme was born …

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