Fake news sites continued mushrooming because of large revenues they generate from adverts, according to Media Monitoring Africa.
Such sites “perpetuate falsehoods, stereotypes and undermine media freedom”, the organisation said.
This is how you spot real over the rubbish news:
– If the website URL signifies trustworthiness (misspellings of existing news publishers are common);
– If the URL is secure and offers a security certificate;
– If the domain registry information provided matches with whom the site purports to be;
– If ownership of the site is clear, and if that organisation belongs to a relevant media or publishing organisation, such as the Interactive Advertising Bureau, the Press Council, or the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of SA;
– For the presence of actual contact details and an About us page. Most legitimate publishers make it easy for you to find and contact them;
– The presence of a complaints mechanism; and
– If the author information is provided. Most articles will feature a named journalist in the byline.
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