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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 out of a need to protect the integrity of the elections. “The kernel for the Real411 platform emerged from the need to say that disinformation is a global problem, but these are our elections and that it is unfair and wrong to expect platforms to deal with issues that are of clear and immediate concern for South Africans,” he said.

“It is also critical that any issues we deal with must be in line with our laws and Constitution.”

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