‘Fake Twitter accounts being used to misinform public’

JOHANNESBURG - Questions are being asked about the agenda of a few fake news Twitter accounts, with three media organisations being mimicked.

False accounts have emerged of 702, the Sunday Times and the Huffington Post.

A number of false posts have emerged with inaccurate and misleading information.

This included stories about Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and others.

Media Monitoring Africa's William Bird says these accounts are clearly aimed at using the media to create a misinterpretation of South African politics.

“This is to try and persuade people that there’s another kind of reality, they’re aiming to shift political discourse.”

He says the accounts should not be called parodies as there is nothing satirical about them

“They’re using the accounts to justify what in reality is simply a clear attempt to misinform people.”

Bird says while it is unclear whether the same people created all these accounts all aim to discredit media heavyweights.

Examples of posts from the fake Twitter accounts are shown below:

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)


This article first appeared on EWN : ‘Fake Twitter accounts being used to misinform public’


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
SAHRC denied access at NW resort where Enock Mpianzi died

SAHRC denied access at NW resort where Enock Mpianzi died

The SAHRC was legally representing the Parktown Boys' High School pupil after he died at a grade 8 orientation camp.

Parliament: Malema's threats to disrupt Sona irresponsible

Parliament: Malema's threats to disrupt Sona irresponsible

At a rally this weekend, Malema threatened that if President Cyril Ramaphosa did not fire Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan, the address would be disrupted.

Higher Education Minister warns prospective students against illegal colleges

Higher Education Minister warns prospective students against illegal colleges

Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande said young people needed to be aware of illegal colleges offering bogus qualifications.

SAA & unions reach wage deal, ending strike

SAA & unions reach wage deal, ending strike

It also said mediation will continue to assist the parties to work through some of the identified underlying issues and challenges.

UPDATE: Fired SABC COO Chris Maroleng to appeal disciplinary findings

UPDATE: Fired SABC COO Chris Maroleng to appeal disciplinary findings

The SABC board announced on Tuesday afternoon the termination of the contract of Chris Maroleng.

Black Friday off to rocky start as some SA sites crash

Black Friday off to rocky start as some SA sites crash

Economists say that not all discounts are as good as they may seem.

Popular articles
Don't fall into an IMF debt trap Tito Mboweni! - political commentator

Don't fall into an IMF debt trap Tito Mboweni! - political commentator

Oscar van Heerden on the reasons he believes South Africa should not turn to the IMF for a general loan amid Covid-19 crisis.

SA-animated 'Zog' wins International Emmy for Best Kids Animation

SA-animated 'Zog' wins International Emmy for Best Kids Animation

The short film about a clumsy young dragon was co-directed by a South African and animated in Cape Town.

COVID-19 positive cases now 1,585, nine deaths confirmed

COVID-19 positive cases now 1,585, nine deaths confirmed

As stated by the Department of Health, this is an increase of 80 from the cases reported on Friday.

Could SA student's bug-killing coating innovation be applied for Covid-19?

Could SA student's bug-killing coating innovation be applied for Covid-19?

Michael Lucas on his self-sanitising technology and why it could also play a role in a post-pandemic world against superbugs.

'No amount of provocation by community should result in law enforcement abuse'

'No amount of provocation by community should result in law enforcement abuse'

Reverend Chris Nissen says more civil society monitoring is needed to keep the volatile lockdown situation in check.

Lockdown boredom draining your kids? Four simple ways to keep them entertained

Lockdown boredom draining your kids? Four simple ways to keep them entertained

From painting without brushes to whipping up yummy snacks, Nikki Bush has the lowdown on creative adventures for the youngsters.

Gen. Viljoen 'demobilised conservative resistance to transition' - Ramaphosa

Gen. Viljoen 'demobilised conservative resistance to transition' - Ramaphosa

FF Plus founder and former defence force chief General Constand Viljoen died on Friday at the age of 86.

Internet speeds should normalise: Repairs to 2nd undersea cable completed

Internet speeds should normalise: Repairs to 2nd undersea cable completed

Post-recovery checks have been done and Wacs is back in operation.

At least seven WC schools vandalised, burgled during lockdown so far

At least seven WC schools vandalised, burgled during lockdown so far

WCED spokesperson Bronagh Hammond urges communities to be on the lookout as much as they can within shutdown regulations.

[WATCH] Journalists soldier on updating the nation during lockdown

[WATCH] Journalists soldier on updating the nation during lockdown

Frontline heroes: Eyewitness News unpacks a working day in the lives of journalists during the lockdown.