How You Can Spot Fake Viral News Story Before it Wreck you

Many fake news sites intentionally try to pass themselves off as real, either by never disclosing their satirical nature or hiding the disclosure deep within their website. Still others are just peddling false and salacious tales to drive traffic to their site and rake in ad revenue — something easy to do when social media allows the rapid spread of misinformation.

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So how can you ensure you’re not being bamboozled? Here are  10 tips to get you started.

  1. The Source Is Known to Be Shady
  2. Other Stories From This Source Are Incredulous
  3. Reputable News Sites Aren’t Carrying It
  4. It Predicts a Future Disaster
  5. It Reveals a Cure for a Major Illness
  6. The Website Carries a Disclaimer
  7. The Story Is a Little Too Funny or Interesting
  8. A Poll is Featured
  9. The Website or Blog Has an Odd Domain Name
  10. The Story Makes You Angry

The important point here is never to act on or pass on any information you read or view unless you know for sure whether it’s true or false. Then you can let the recipient know.Whether these are satirical sites or websites run by people with an ax to grind, if you find yourself getting pretty steamed, take a step back and re-evaluate.

National Book Week 2015 highlights

National Book Week has compiled the highlights of activities from the #GOINGPLACES bus tour which travelled throughout four of South Africa’s provinces (Gauteng, Limpopo, KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape).

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This campaign has been celebrated in seven provinces, aiming to mitigate the findings in the 2007 study that revealed that only 14% of South Africans read books and over half of South African households (51%) do not have a single leisure reading book.

Now in its sixth year, the country’s most successful annual national reading campaign has mobilised some of the best storytellers, musicians, and ambassadors such as Lupi Ngcayisa, Stoan Seate, Refiloe Mpakanyane, Jena Dover, Pearl Thusi and Aaron Moloisi to name a few to get Mzansi travelling again through books. Along with the mascot, Funda Bala, the ambassadors will continue to support and bring the world of books to people.

CLICK HERE to view the highlights.

You can help spread the love of reading by buying selected books for just R20 each at Exclusive Books and Bargain Books stores countrywide. Buy it and place it in the in-store donation bins. Please support our #BUYABOOK campaign which ends this Sunday, 20th of September 2015.

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National Book Week 2015 launches

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South Africa’s 6 years running and most successful national reading campaign, National Book Week, will be celebrated across the country from the 7th – 13th September 2015

At Emoyeni Conference Centre in Parktown, Deputy Minister of Arts and Culture Rejoice Mabudafhasi launched National Book Week and the NBW Tour Bus ahead of its one week tour.

What can YOU do during National Book Week?

• Participate in the programme in your province
• Visit your local Bargain Books or Exclusive Books stores and participate in the #BUYABOOK campaign.
• Donate books – to organizations working with women, children, youth, and the disabled.
• Corporates are encouraged to #BUYABOOK or two
• Create your own activities and let the NBW team know about it.
• Promote NBW on your social media platforms.
• Communities, churches, social groups, schools and libraries and anyone with an interest in promoting reading, are encouraged to participate in the campaign to bring awareness of the joy and value of reading books.

REMEMBER there’s a Special Offer on books which starts during National Book Week on Monday, 7 September. You can buy selected titles by local authors for just R20 a book. Then please donate it to someone who doesn’t have one. The aim is to get the nation reading. Exclusive Books and Bargain Books are participating stores countrywide.

Click below to watch the full interview at SABC2 Morning LiveDeputy Minister of Arts and Culture Rejoice Mabudafhasi and CEO of the South African Book Development Council Elitha van der Sandt.

To find out more about programmes around the country, connect with NBW on social media for regular updates.

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