Combatting Africa’s Infodemic With a WhatsApp-Only Publication

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Plagiarised digital copies of some of South Africa’s leading weekly newspapers started making the rounds the first weekend after the country went into a strict COVID-19 lockdown at the end of March.

At the same time, there was a “particularly pronounced” amount of fake news circulating on WhatsApp.

While it’s still not clear where or how the breach in the production process happened, being forwarded a PDF version of South Africa’s Sunday Times on WhatsApp got Mail & Guardian (M&G) journalists Simon Allison and Sipho Kings thinking.

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