Back to Africa Check

No, fake Facebook page impersonating official Times 360 page of Malawi’s Times Media Group

“Breaking News. Sugar prices have gone up now at k1040. The cost of living continues bites harder on the poor Malawians,” reads a post on a Facebook page named “Times 360 Malawi”. 

The post includes a photo of packs of sugar on a shelf with an arrow pointing to a new price: “Illovo sugar MK 1040”. Illovo is a brand of sugar in Malawi. The country’s currency is the Malawian kwacha, or MK.

The post was published on 17 March 2022 on a Facebook page created on 4 August 2021. The page has just over 10,000 followers and appears to belong to the Times Group, a Malawian media house.

On 16 March, the Times Group website reported the Consumers Association of Malawi’s complaints about rising food prices and increases in the cost of living.

But did the Times Group really post the news of rising sugar prices on Facebook? We checked. 

Sugar_False

Fake page

Turns out the news was published on a fake Facebook page. 

On 17 March, Times 360 Malawi posted a screenshot of the message on its official Facebook page with “FAKE FAKE” written across it.

“The following image is of a fake post and was not posted by the official Times 360 Malawi Facebook page,” it wrote.

The official page has over 400,000 followers and was created on 30 May 2011.

For publishers: what to do if your post is rated false

A fact-checker has rated your Facebook or Instagram post as “false”, “altered”, “partly false” or “missing context”. This could have serious consequences. What do you do?

Click on our guide for the steps you should follow.

Publishers guide

Africa Check teams up with Facebook

Africa Check is a partner in Facebook’s third-party fact-checking programme to help stop the spread of false information on social media.

The content we rate as “false” will be downgraded on Facebook and Instagram. This means fewer people will see it.

You can also help identify false information on Facebook. This guide explains how.

Add new comment

Restricted HTML

  • Allowed HTML tags: <a href hreflang> <em> <strong> <cite> <blockquote cite> <code> <ul type> <ol start type> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd> <h2 id> <h3 id> <h4 id> <h5 id> <h6 id>
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
  • Web page addresses and email addresses turn into links automatically.
limit: 600 characters

Want to keep reading our fact-checks?

We will never charge you for verified, reliable information. Help us keep it that way by supporting our work.

Subscribe to our newsletter

Support independent fact-checking in Africa.

Close and keep reading

Want to keep reading our fact-checks?

We will never charge you for verified, reliable information. Help us keep it that way by supporting our work.

Become a newsletter subscriber

Support independent fact-checking in Africa.