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Social media bosses face jail under 'world first' Australian laws

4 April 2019 

Social media executives risk jail for failing to take down violent extremist content quickly, under controversial laws passed in Australia on Thursday — a “world first” in the wake of the Christchurch mosques massacre.

Lawmakers voted overwhelmingly in favour of the laws, which hold firms like Facebook and YouTube — and their executives — responsible for removing “abhorrent material” quickly.

Facebook works to reduce fake news as SA elections near

15 March 2019

Facebook, the world's biggest social network, is gearing up to tackle fake news and misinformation ahead of the South African elections.

General elections will be held in SA on 8 May to elect a new National Assembly and new provincial legislatures in each province. This will be the sixth election held since the end of the apartheid system in 1994.

Study sheds light on scourge of 'fake' news in Africa

Concerns about “fake news” have dominated discussions about the relationship between the media and politics in the developed world in recent years. The extraordinary amount of attention paid in scholarship and in public debates to questions around truth, veracity and deception can be connected to the role of “fake news” in the 2016 US presidential election, and US President Donald Trump’s use of the term to dismiss his critics.

The term “fake news” itself is controversial because it’s poorly defined.

We need R3bn to avoid collapse, SABC tells Scopa

14 November 2018

South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board chairperson Bongumusa Makhathini told Parliament’s standing committee on public accounts (Scopa) that all the state broadcaster needed was a R3-billion government guarantee to avoid looming collapse in March.

The board briefed Scopa on Wednesday morning, following a meeting on Tuesday where board member and veteran journalist and editor Mathatha Tsedu told the portfolio committee on finance that the SABC’s ability to pay full salaries would be in doubt as early as February next year.

Department of Communication intensifies calls for digital migration collaboration

To ensure government speeds up the switch from analogue to digital terrestrial television (DTT), additional partnerships with industry players are required.

So said Department of Communications (DOC) minister Nomvula Mokonyane, affirming that lack of collaboration has, to some extent, contributed to SA's inability to meet the deadline set by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

State Capture Inquiry - Who will testify

President Jacob Zuma, his son Duduzane, the infamous Gupta family and others implicated in the state capture inquiry, could be forced to testify if the legal team at the inquiry has its way.

However, chairperson of the commission of inquiry Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo will reveal all on Tuesday after he hears full argument on the issue and makes a ruling.

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