Fake news alert
The proliferation of fake news sites is cause for concern. It is an assault on the free press and our democracy.
It infringes on the rights of our people to have unfettered access to news and information which they use to make key decisions about their lives.
Recently, several fake tweets emanating from handles that are similar to news organisations such as The Huffington Post, Talk Radio 702 and the Sunday Times emerged, clearly on a disinformation campaign. If you blinked, you would have believed them. We appeal to consumers of news and information to be careful.
Only believe credible news and information sources. If a story or information sounds too good to be true, it is probably too good to be true.
Double check, look out for tell-tale signs that include fonts, stories based on anonymous sources, and where nameless spokespeople are quoted. Check the author, and the date (some false stories are distortions of real events).
Be alert. Beware confirmation bias. And think before you share.