Cape Town - As the US Travel ban against seven predominantly Muslim countries was pulled back over the weekend, a fake news report claiming South Africans no longer require visas to travel to America has been doing the rounds.
The US Embassy in Pretoria has however debunked the report which stated US President Donald Trump had signed an executive order granting visa-free status to South Africans.
It posted a tweet saying, "No change to US visa policy for South African passport holders. For more info on our visa policies."
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According to News24, the issue of fake news has been raised by the SA National Editors’ Forum, who has called for an investigation for the confusion being created by these fake reports.
Most recently, former City Press Editor and Huffington Post SA Editor at Large Ferial Haffajee was linked to a tweet purporting to be from the Huffington Post (@HuffingtonPostZA) which said, "Ferial Haffajee: #Gordhan is clearly WMC stooge, going out of his way to clip wings of #Guptas #OakBay".
SANEF warned, "the difference between the fake and the real thing was sometimes subtle. The Sunday Times Twitter handle simply got an extra “s”. The sites featured catchy headlines and clean copy, which made it easier to fool people."
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