21 October 2021, 702, Matshepo Sehloho

With the local government elections around the corner, the Electoral Commission (IEC) and Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) have partnered with major social media platforms to curb fake news.

The two entities have reached an agreement with Google, Facebook, Twitter and TikTok to work together to mitigate the spread of disinformation.

Mandy Wiener on the Midday Report Media chats to Media Monitoring Africa director William Bird to weigh in on this agreement.

it is the first time in South Africa and Africa that there is agreement and support from social media networks to come together and act against disinformation.

William Bird, Director – Media Monitoring Africa

This is significant thing for the IEC and an achievement. If members of the public see something dodgy about the elections, they can report it.

William Bird, Director – Media Monitoring Africa

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