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Anti-misinformation laws aren’t working in Africa

Adam Oxford
Adam Oxford
2021-07-02

There’s been much concern raised over the last few years about laws governing internet use which have been passed by some of the more draconian regimes on the African continent. Proponents often point to the scourge of “fake news” and say that “something must be done” (to ban other people’s fake news, not their own, of course). Evidence is in though, punitive laws don’t stop the spread of misinformation, unless they are very highly targetted. The authors of this report suggest a few things that do work.

Adam Oxford
  • Adam Oxford is a freelance journalist, media consultant and civic tech enthusiast. He also works closely with startups developing solutions to access to justice problems.

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