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IPEC says Lobola Assurance is not registered with them

The Insurance and Pensions Commission (IPEC) has issued a statement over a Lobola Assurance banner that is doing rounds on social media especially WhatsApp. The banner claims to be from a company that calls itself Lobola Assurance and shows various packages which start from US$1.99 per month up to $19.99 per month. There was a […]

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Google brings fact-checking to image search

Photos and videos are an incredible way to help people understand what’s going on in the world. But the power of visual media has its pitfalls—especially when there are questions surrounding the origin, authenticity or context of an image. At the end of June, Google announced they would start surfacing fact check information in Google […]

Telecel Says We’re Not Closing, In Fact We Are Opening More Shops

There’s a rumor that has been circulating based on a story run by The Herald 5 years ago. The story titled “Telecel shut down” was stumbled upon mistakenly by someone who assumed it was a recent story and begun spreading it. The story grew legs to the point where Telecel has had to issue a […]

WhatsApp’s New Limits Lead To 70% Drop In Highly Forwarded Messages

Earlier this month, WhatsApp made it impossible to forward messages to more than one chat or group at a time – a significant change from the old limit of 5 chats/groups. The change has led to a 70% reduction in the number of highly forwarded messages. We recently introduced a limit to sharing ‘highly forwarded […]

YouTube Bans Coronavirus Videos That Contradict WHO Advice

YouTube has announced that it will remove any content they deem as “medically unsubstantiated”, following misinformation regarding the novel Coronavirus. So people saying, ‘Take vitamin C, take turmeric, we’ll cure you,’ those are the examples of things that would be a violation of our policy. Anything that would go against World Health Organisation recommendations would […]

Reuters Introduces Free Course To Help Journalists Identify & Tackle “Fake News”

Reuters has launched a free shot course to help journalists in their efforts to decipher between misinformation and accurate factual info. The course titled, Identifying and Tackling Manipulated Media covers 3 of the following chapters; How Can Media Be Manipulated? The New Threat of Deepfake/Synthetic Media What Can Newsrooms Do To Tackle Manipulated Media? Reuters […]

Man Behind Fake Lockdown Claims To Appear Before Courts

Last week, President Mnangagwa spoke to ZBC about fake news and the consequences of sharing misinformation during the COVID-19 lockdown. In the interview, the President made it clear that one individual who circulated a fake document – which made it seem as if the President had extended the lockdown- was being looked for by local […]

8 South Africans Have Been Arrested For Spreading Fake News

South Africa’s Police Commissioner Bheki Cele informed citizens of the country that 8 people had been arrested for disseminating misinformation regarding the Novel Coronavirus. The most popular of these arrests is a 55-year-old Western Cape resident who was arrested for posting a video urging South Africans to resist testing as the testing kits being used […]

A List Of COVID-19 Conspiracy Theories & Misinformation You Should Avoid & Never Spread

This is a list of the most popular conspiracy theories making the rounds regarding the Coronavirus. We’ve made this list and will continue to update it because people continue sharing falsehoods in relation to Coronavirus. Please share this with your loved ones and remember before sharing any theories you hear regarding the virus (and other […]

Econet Dismisses False Claims That They’ve Declared A National Shutdown

Recently, there was a voice note circulating on social media and WhatsApp and the person behind it claimed to be an Econet employee who had been informed that at some point this week the telecoms company will close down its shops. An Econet spokesperson refuted the message and said their shops will remain operational as […]

Zim Journalist Gets Flagged For Posting False Coronavirus Update On Facebook

Social media sites have pledged to fight misinformation as the Coronavirus pandemic continues to spread globally. We’ve seen this happen first hand with Zimbabwean journalist Hopewell Chin’ono getting one of his Coronavirus related posts flagged as “false information”. The journalist who posted a picture of Whilst the virus has devastated Italy and many other countries, […]

CIMAS Dismisses Coronavirus Fake News Circulating On Social Media

If you have been active on social media and WhatsApp over the past 24 hours you may have come across the following message; If you suspect you have coronavirus Call 922 for cimas ambulance. they r not supposed to make u pay even a single cent coz UN is backing them for corona. They will […]

EcoCash Distances Self From Fake Customer Service Number

EcoCash took to their social media channels to warn subscribers using the mobile money service to avoid interfacing with a certain fake support number claiming to process instant renewals. The fake support number has been associated with the following message: Econet Urgent Notice Don’t be delayed by calling EcoCash for reversals and hanging transactions simply […]

Office Of The President Dismisses Fake Scholarship Ads On Social Media

Another day, another government department/authority distancing itself from something on social media. This time the Office of The President and Cabinet (OPC) has dismissed adverts circulating on social media. The OPCs Executive Director Dr Christopher Mushohwe said the department is only placing adverts traditional media avenues i.e print, radio and television. The advert circulating on […]

Facebook To Start Taking Down “Deepfake” Videos

Manipulated media is one of the most dangerous forms that fake news can take. We’ve talked about deepfakes before and the horror of deepfakes comes from the fact that they can make it appear as if you or anyone else said or did something they didn’t do at all. Unlike other forms of fake news […]

ZRP Dismisses Social Media Bank Notes Story As Fake News

The ZRP has become the latest in an ever-growing list of organisations to dismiss stories circulating on social media. The national police force released an official statement dismissing stories alleging government official Energy Mutodi was involved in circulating fake banknotes: The Zimbabwe Republic Police wishes to categorically dismiss social media posts that they held a […]

Nigerian Government Considering Social Media Regulation

World governments have a pretty complex relationship with tech giants and social media companies right now. The Nigerian government is among nations looking at a way of making social media better. The government is reportedly considering ways to “sanitise” social media. Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture was quoted as saying the time was right […]

Video: Mark Zuckerberg Discussing Free Speech

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EcoCash Dismisses Fake News About Money In EcoCash Wallets

You’ve probably seen a disturbing message circulating that’s saying EcoCash has been ordered to clear money in people’s wallets by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe. Well, now EcoCash has come out saying that it’s purely fake news. Also read: The Politics Of EcoCash, EcoCash Agents And Selling Cash Quick NetOne, Econet, And Telecel Airtime Recharge […]

RBZ Governor Responds To Circulating $10 & $25 Coins Images

And again the Governor he’s pissed off by social media. The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Governor, Dr. John Mangudya has dismissed images circulating on social media of coins that the central bank is allegedly about to introduce. He told the Herald: It’s all fake news; I don’t know what is happening back home.There is nothing […]

Warning! FBC Tells Clients To Ignore Fake Message Asking For Account Details

A week ago CBZ sent out a warning to their clients regarding a fake message that was circulating asking for clients details. It seems this is not a situation exclusive to CBZ as FBC is also sending out a similar message. FBC Bank notes with concern the spread of fake communication across various platforms purporting […]

Google Accuses China Of Using YouTube To Interfere In Hong Kong Protests

Google isn’t so happy with come actions coming out of China in attempts to stop the Hong Kong protests. The tech giant has accused china of spreading misinformation and discord among protestors. The company took action and disabled 210 YouTube accounts they believed to have been working to influence viewers: Earlier this week, as part […]

Warning! CBZ Says Message Circulating Asking For Clients Details Is Fake

If you’re a CBZ customer and you have received a message requesting that you share your CBZ Touch credentials as part of the Winter Promotion, then you’re probably trying to be duped. Urgent Attention!!! We have noted an influx of messages requesting account holders to send their CBZ Touch login credentials, PIN and verification codes. […]

Facebook Adds 10 African Languages To Its 3rd-Party Fact-Checking Program

Facebook is partnering with Africa Check and will now include 10 African languages. The Third-Party-Fact-Checking program helps to assess the accuracy of news on Facebook and seeks to reduce the spread of misinformation/fake news. Africa Check is an independent fact-checking organisation that was launched in 2018 and they are collaborating to add the following languages […]

Econet Denounces Yo Mix 2GB Giveaway Message as “Fake News”

Econet has come out and declared that messages circulating claiming that Yo Mix is giving away 2GB data for free are false. There’s generally been a lot of confusion regarding Yo Mix as some are having a hard time understanding that the application’s amazing bundles last month were only promotional and it seems like the […]

From December WhatsApp Will Take Legal Action On Those Guilty Of Bulk-Messaging

WhatsApp is taking the issue of bulk-messaging and non-personal use of their platform pretty seriously as a post in their FAQ section explains that the company will start taking legal action towards users who send bulk messages on December 7, 2019. We are committed to reinforcing the private nature of our platform and keeping users […]

YouTube To Give Users “Fact-Checks” When They Search On Sensitive Topics

Fake news is still a huge problem and many internet giants are still trying to figure out how they can tackle that issue. YouTube has chimed in with its own solution and soon the video-sharing platform will mark videos that are suspected of inaccuracies. According to Buzzfeed, the site will show “information panels — boxes […]

WhatsApp Have Their Own Set Of Tips For Spotting Fake News

One thing that becomes clear when discussing anything to do with WhatsApp and Fake News on the platform is the simple fact that many users simply don’t know how to separate what’s real from what is fake. The number of times I’ve been asked that question has actually gotten irritating but it really is a […]

YouTube Demonetises Anti-vax Videos On Its Platform

On Friday YouTube took the bold step of demonising several video channels run by anti-vaxers. This was after a lot of reputable companies, some of them from the health field, discovered that some of the adverts were showing on these channels. What are anti-vaxers This is a group of people who typically rely on pseudo-science […]