Fake news and disinformation are a growing problem in the digital age. Messenger services and social media make the distribution of such unchecked information, which is often associated with emotional images or videos, fast and easy.
The video-conference by Kenya, Tanzanian and Zimbabwean journalists on May 18, 2020 on media issues and Covid-19 was timely, useful and insightful. It covered a wide range of issues, including how the media was covering the Coronavirus, the opportunities, limitations and the outlook going forward.
The boundaries between fictional storytelling and disinformation seem to have disappeared entirely during the coronavirus pandemic. Conspiracy theorists are using scenes from Hollywood blockbusters to try proving their theories. As such, they are driving panic and scepticism. Three examples
What can we do when fake news is uncovered? In his election campaign, Boris Johnson shamelessly uses fabricated facts to create support for Brexit and turn people against his political opponents. And, in doing so, shows SEO skills we did not expect him to have. On the long-term effects of a disinformation bubble.