TimesLive (South Africa): Zulu maidens march against Google censorship of ‘bare breasts’ at annual reed dance. “Cultural activist Nomagugu Ngobese, who is in charge of the group of about 50 maidens, said that western societies, and Google, needed to respect how they showed pride in their culture.”
Poynter: What’s Crap on WhatsApp? is the winner of the 2019 Fact Forward Fund. “For the next 12 months, a team led by Africa Check’s Deputy Chief Editor Kate Wilkinson and Volume’s co-founder Paul McNally, will work to expand the success achieved by the pilot of ‘What’s Crap on WhatsApp?.’ Launched May 3, the voice note show was 5 minutes long and dealt with different false stories that were going viral on WhatsApp in South Africa the previous month. One falsity, for example, was an image that showed Zimbabweans burning South African trucks in the border. Using the audio sharing feature, professional fact-checkers were able to debunk it.”
BusinessTech: The South African government wants to create a ‘racism database’. “The Department of Justice has released its National Action Plan (NAP) to combat racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance in South Africa.”
The Next Web: Google helps South Africa combat fake news ahead of its general election. “Can South Africa really hold a general election on the 8th of May in a way that it really represents the views of its people? One might have thought this was an academic question. The Electoral Commission of South Africa is well respected and the legal system is robust. There are certainly enough political parties – around 285 are registered even if most are unlikely to participate in the May elections – for the national and nine provincial legislatures. But there have been worrying signs about the use of disinformation during previous elections and these need to be heeded.”
Gadget: SA gets digital archive. “Designed as a nation building, educational and brand promotion web based tool, the free-to-view platform features award-winning photographic and written content by leading South African photographers, authors, academics and photojournalists. The emphasis is on quality, credible, factual content that celebrates a collective heritage in terms of the following: Cultural Heritage; Natural Heritage; Education; History; Agriculture; Industry; Mining; and Travel.”
Daily Maverick: David Goldblatt: Documenting a country’s values in visuals. “As the world hears of the death of renowned photographer David Goldblatt at the age of 87 on 25 June, 2018, his photographs remind us of the life and times of generations living under apartheid – and beyond.” A digital archive is planned for Mr. Goldbatt’s work.
The Citizen: Google Images seems to think only white people live in SA squatter camps. “Due to a strange algorithmic twist, South Africans noticed this week that when you search for ‘SA squatter camps’ on Google and look for images, most of the results feature white people in shacks. Obviously, this is a far cry from the reality, but appears to have happened because white people living in shacks is “news”, while black people living in shacks is just another day.”