How to spot fake news: Emma Sadleir social media expert shares tips

How to spot fake news: Emma Sadleir social media expert shares tips

Emma Sadleir is South Africa's leading expert on social media law. Sadler joined the Scenic Drive to share some advice on how to spot fake news.

Emma Sadler
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On Monday, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a lockdown for 21 days in South Africa to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

READ: "The show will go on" - Rian van Heerden on President Cyril Ramaphosa's lockdown

Following the president's address, many citizens started spreading fake news on social media. 

To emphasize the dangers of this practice, the Scenic Drive invited Emma Sadler, an expert on social media law to share advice with South Africans on how to spot fake news. 

"It's a dangerous time. Everything we read is not true until there is proof that it is true. 

"There are some dodgy people out there - we need to be careful. If you receive something on WhatsApp - it will probably be fake. We have to be responsible and make sure that things are true," Sadleir.

Sadleir founded her own company three years ago, the Digital Law Company, that specialises in educating and advising citizens on legal, disciplinary and reputational risks of social media. 

"We need to go to the proper news websites - and make sure to check sources. Go to websites like News24 and Jacaranda FM."

If you want to make sure if a source is legit or not - visit What's Crap.

Jacaranda FM shares regular and factually correct Coronavirus updates via our Jacaranda FM news platform. Click here to read more.

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