From elections to xenophobia: African countries grappling with fake news [SciTech]

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Last week’s xenophobic attacks in South Africa evoked strong emotions and reactions across the continent, mainly because of updates that were shared on social media.

Many of the images and videos that fuelled retaliatory attacks and protests in Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia among others, were later proven to be fake.

Footage was either old, from a different country or at best from xenophobic incidents in past years.

Videos showing ‘foreigners being burned’ turned out to be…

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