IEC launches online platform to curb fake news

The IEC has launched a platform against fake news. It hopes this will curb misinformation aimed at unfairly influencing the elections through social media. eNCA’s Moloko Moloto joins us. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - The Independent Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) has launched an online platform to help curb misleading information on social media.

The platform which was created in partnership with Media Monitoring Africa aims to combat information that unfairly influences the elections.

Political parties and the public can now report deceptive social media posts by visiting

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IEC Chief Electoral Officer, Sy Mamabolo, says once a complaint has been submitted it will be referred to a panel under the IEC’s Directorate for Electoral Offences.

“The site will contain a database of all complaints received and their progress so that other social media users can see if an issue has already been dealt with and what the outcome was”, said Mamabolo.

The IEC says the platform will continue running until the next election.