Taskforce Launched to Monitor Fake News During COVID-19 Lockdown
Updated: May 20, 2020
The Department of Communications and Digital Technologies launched a special Ministerial Task Team to monitor and respond to fake news during the lockdown period. The Taskforce will include representatives from the Film & Publications Board, ZADna, mobile phone companies and other key stakeholders in the ICT industry.
In terms of the Electronic Communications, Postal and Broadcasting Directions Issued under Regulation 10 (on 26 March 2020), fake news is defined as deceptive statements and Electronic Communication Services licensees are obliged to “remove fake news related to COVID-19 from their platforms.”