The Sunday Times seems to have gotten on social media users’ bad side, as scores have been blocking the paper’s Twitter page.
This is according to a trail of tweets that began on Sunday, but the reason for the mass exodus still remains unclear.
Many Twitter users, including Black First Land First leader Andile Mngxitama, who said people were tired of fake news, have jumped on the bandwagon and blocked the paper on Twitter.
Just did the #BlockSundayTimes we are tired of fake news in defence of WMC. Tsek!
— andile (@Mngxitama) June 17, 2018
The campaign to block the paper stems from Twitter users’ apparent belief that the paper is saturated with racist, anti-black reporting.
The #BlockSundayTimes hashtag appears to be an attempt to create a kind of solidarity among certain social media users against the Sunday paper.
A few have warned media houses to be wary, accusing the Sunday Times of negative reports involving black people. The mass resistance from Twitter users appears to also be linked to the public protector.
The Sunday Times has called Public Protector Advocate Mkhwebane a "Mampara of the Week".
— Izwe Lethu (@LandNoli) June 18, 2018
The exact reason for the mass exodus remains a mystery.
News are not news anymore. All they want to do is shove their opinions down our throats. "Educate" us like we have no brains. #blockSundaytimes
— Che Guavara (@pabstar22) June 18, 2018
— Zamantungwa Khumalo (@Lwalwa23) June 17, 2018
— Africa News 24-7 (@AfricaNews24_7) June 18, 2018
— My Handle is FAKE NEWS (@ANC_LEADS) June 17, 2018
— Wyne's Accessories (@WyneAccessories) June 17, 2018
— BLF 2019 (@blf2019) June 17, 2018
— Evaluating Sphithiphithi… (@_Revolution18) June 18, 2018
— Sizwe (@mehlulisizwe) June 18, 2018
— Tshwarelo malepa (@TS_Relow) June 17, 2018
Hello everyone. We are blocking racist Sunday Times. If you have not yet done so, you can do it now. #BlockSundayTimes. Kindly retweet this message till it hits the TimeLine of all black people. If you are on Facebook, do it too. #BlackPower
— Sibusiso Radebe (@MKCadre) June 18, 2018