Social media, once seen as a powerful force for deepening democracy and giving a voice to the many excluded by traditional news sources, has taken a knock in recent years. Today people are more likely to associate it with anarchy, half-truths and outright lies, which can often have deadly consequences. 

In SA there is a growing trend where innuendo, insults and lies have replaced the type of civil engagement that the wider access to communication tools was supposed to facilitate. Often the perpetrators do so confident that they will not be held to account...

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