Digital Disinformation

In a high-stakes virtual life where fresh news and new “likes” can mean power and income, the spreading of vital information that sparks emotion and harnesses a following could be a powerful tool for good. But what if digital manipulation goes over to the dark side and targeted online campaigns bring about real-world hatred, conflict, confusion and harm? Carte Blanche investigates who and what lies behind misdirected hashtags on South African social media, intended to manipulate and exploit users. We analyse disinformation trends and meet the investigators who are unpacking fakes to help identify and combat the damage.