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South African government’s handling of COVID-19: study shows declining trust

Some of the first South African COVID-19 vaccine trial volunteers at the Baragwanath hospital in Soweto, in 2020. EPA-EFE/Siphiwe Sibeko (Pool) Herman Wasserman, University of Cape Town and Dani Madrid-Morales, University of Houston The public has been overwhelmed by a surge in misleading and false information during the COVID-19...

Meet the UCT prof fighting fake news on the global frontline

Herman Wasserman is a hunter, but not the sort that carries a rifle. Wasserman has become one of Africa’s foremost fake news hunters. In the age of disinformation, his experience and ethics are increasingly sought after on the continent and beyond. A University of Cape Town professor, with laser-beam...

Motivations for Sharing Misinformation: Study explores factors for sharing misinformation in six sub-Saharan African countries

In most African countries, “fake news,” politically motivated disinformation, and misinformation in the media were common occurrences before these became a preoccupation in the Global North. However, with a fast-growing population of mobile users, and the popularization of apps such as WhatsApp, misinformation has become much more pervasive across...

UCT’s Herman Wasserman leads global study on disinformation

Article by Carla Bernardo Professor Herman Wasserman from the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Centre for Film and Media Studies (CFMS) will embark on an international study on the information disorder in the Global South, with funds of approximately R4.5 million from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). The scoping study aims...

Cultural factors are behind disinformation pandemic: why this matters

To contain and mitigate the virus of misinformation needs multi-levelled, socio-cultural approaches. GettyImages Herman Wasserman, University of Cape Town The prevalence of disinformation about the coronavirus pandemic has prompted Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) to warn that: We’re not just fighting an epidemic;...

DisinfoAfrica’s Herman Wasserman addressed first WHO infodemiology conference

Professor Herman Wasserman one of the project leaders of DisninfoAfrica delivered a keynote address at the World Health Organization’s (WHO) first infodemiology conference. The 1st WHO Infodemiology Conference, as the name suggests, deals with the phenomenon of an ‘infodemic’. According to the WHO, an infodemic is an “overabundance of...