Because of severe increase in fake news stories in South Africa and beyond, we ask readers to be more careful with articles they engage on.

Please dear readers, do not fall victim to half-truths, propaganda, lies or unreliable stories. Help prevent the circulation of fake news so as to control misinformation.

  • Look out for FaKe News!

You have to be careful who you trust online with articles you read.

How can you dictate when news is true or false?

  • Check your source.

To make sure the story you’re reading is legitimate, check its URL and domain name. A quick look at a website’s ‘About’ page will also give you a good idea of whether it’s reputable.

Then check the story you’re reading against others posted by reputable news sources to see if they add up.

Check the timestamp on the article you’re reading; if it was published way back in 2008 but is still being shared as a ‘new’ or ‘breaking’ news story, it’s definitely fake.

Don’t trust websites you don’t know. Pages that are plastered with sensational stories and loads of advertising (most of it porn) probably aren’t legit.

  • Add  A Dose Of Scepticism.

Don’t automatically believe what you read, especially if it’s a story that seems designed to be inflammatory or to spark some kind of strong emotion in you.

Look for evidence in the story itself that backs up the claims being made. Often, you’ll notice that there simply isn’t any.
Keep an eye out for outrageous or obviously contrived quotes, anonymous sources only or a complete lack of quotes in a story. These are all red flags.

Don’t just stick to news that shores up your own position.

If it sounds too good (or bad) to be true, it probably is.

  • Resist the lure of clickbait

Read past the headline before you hit ‘share’ – make sure that the story matches up to the headline. Resist the urge to click on headlines that are clearly designed to be click-bait. That’s how fake news peddlers make their money.

Don’t just believe anything that starts with “You won’t believe…”

  • Share responsibly.

An effective way of combating fake news is simply to prevent it from spreading on social media. Don’t share articles you haven’t properly read, just because they make an overall point that you happen to agree with.

Make sure you’re part of the solution, not part of the problem.

  • A LIST OF FAKE NEWS SITES IN SOUTH AFRICA

Remember fake news sites are popping up as fast as they’re being taken down, so this is not a complete list.

  • African News Updates

  • iMzansi

  • Live Monitor

  • News-24 TV

  • CitySun

  • Gossip Mill Mzansi

  • South Africa Latest News

  • Viralbru

  • Pretoria Live

  • Celebgossip