1 April 2020, Radio Islam, Faizel Patel

Media Monitoring Africa says the spreading and sharing of fake news and misinformation causes anxiety and anger among people creating a sense of panic, fear and an unprecedented sense of urgency.

Bird has urged people to get COVID-19 news from trusted sources adding that, ‘like you wash your hands, wash your brain for twenty seconds before you forward.”

Bird says in order to combat the plethora of fake news, Media Monitoring Africa is working with a number of media partners to set up a complaints mechanism where people can report suspicious news and information to: real411.org

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