Companies caught funding fake news websites, blame Google AdSense

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JOHANNESBURG - Some big brands in South Africa have been caught funding fake news websites through advertising.

READ: Ten fake news sites to be wary of

A News24 investigation shows some major banks and insurance companies bought advertising that landed up on dodgy sites.

The companies are denying any knowledge and are blaming Google AdSense, a platform that uses algorithms to place ads on websites.

World Wide Worx Founder and Managing Director Arthur Goldstuck joined News Night to unpack more on the report

Some big brands in South Africa have been caught funding fake news websites through advertising. A News 24 investigation shows some major banks and insurance companies bought advertising that landed up on dodgy sites. To give us more on this is World Wide Worx Founder and Managing Director Arthur Goldstuck.