Three SA media organisations targeted by fake Twitter accounts – report

Three SA media organisations targeted by fake Twitter accounts – report

Questions are being asked about the agenda of a few fake news Twitter accounts, with media organisations being mimicked, Eyewitness News reported.

False accounts had emerged of 702, the Sunday Times, and the Huffington Post. A number of false posts had emerged with inaccurate and misleading information. This included stories about Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and others, EWN reported on its website.

EWN quoted Media Monitoring Africa’s William Bird as saying these accounts were clearly aimed at using the media to create a misinterpretation of South African politics.

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

The accounts should not be called parodies as there was nothing satirical about them.

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

Bird said while it was unclear whether the same people created all the accounts, all of them aimed to discredit media heavyweights, EWN reported.

– African News Agency (ANA)




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