A social media post went viral on Thursday, 17 September 2020. The post being initially published on Twitter, saw itself spreading around the internet, being shared across Facebook, via one of Newcastle’s many classifieds pages.
The post boldy claims, there is a man in Madadeni, stealing and beheading children between the ages of 4 and 12 years old. An extremely large and if not true sadistic act. But, if true this would mean a serial killer butchering children, is roaming the streets unpunished.
But when looking at the post, a few details tend to be a bit sketchy, with the post going on to strike additional fear by saying 11 bodies were been found this past week alone.
In order to gain clarity on the matter and put to rest the concerns pertaining to the viral post, the Newcastillian – Online News followed up on the matter, seeking answers from both the Madadeni and Newcastle police.
According to Captain Nkosi of Madadeni SAPS Communications Department, there is no truth in the post whatsoever.
Going on to say, “We have received no reports and have nothing like this. This post surfaced a few weeks back and seems to have returned.”
Fake news is an issue ruining social media, injecting incorrect and often totally made up content into our lives, all done just to gain a response. Such is the issue with fake news, that amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the Electronic Communications Services Licensees, OTTs and ISPs which provide linear and non-linear services, carry the mamoth responsibility of removing fake news, related to COVID-19 from their platforms immediately after the post is identified as such.
Fake news is a problem causing decay within society therefore here are some easy steps to follow to ensure you divide the truth from the trash.
1. First vist the website or social profile etc of the article or post, in order to gauge if they are actually real or fake.
2. Google the content you believe to be real as generally by the time you see it, others have known about it for age and have written about it.
3. Absorb only trusted news, like that found here on the Newcastillian – Online Daily News.
With content becoming more and more outlandish, insighting fear, what steps do you feel should be taken against people who commit such acts?
Share your thoughts and views with us in the comment section below.
Authors: Quinton Boucher and Calvin Swemmer
Edited: Calvin Swemmer