The growing spread of mis/disinformation presents a real threat to democracies, digital safety, and the enjoyment of human rights. Also, the advancement of technology developed to mislead makes it increasingly difficult to verify content. Furthermore, the emergence of new technology that enables easier manipulation of audio and video content has had dangerous impacts on the society–particularly grassroots communities. It has become imperative for WITNESS to prioritise efforts to combat this threat by building resilience in communities to effectively push back against mis/disinformation.
This guide has been tailored by WITNESS Africa to address pressing misinformation and disinformation trends on the African continent.