MyBroadband noted that towards the end of 2013 news emerged that Cell C and MTN would finally be implementing double opt-in systems for wireless application service providers (WASPs).
Vodacom rolled out its double opt-in system two years prior. The double opt-in system cost it a 33% reduction in WASP revenue, according to Vodacom, but the operator said it was worth it for the dramatically reduced fraud complaints.
Along with the unveiling of its new double opt-in systems, Cell C and MTN also launched ways for their users to manage their content subscriptions.
Previously subscribers had no way to prevent a WASP from charging their cellular accounts, or to unsubscribe from premium content services without first contacting the WASP.
Vodacom also has a method to manage WASP subscriptions in the form of an SMS command to unsubscribe from everything.
The various WASP subscription management options of South Africa’s mobile operators are as follows:
Using the USSD string *133*1# subscribers can block all existing and future content billing.
MTN also offers a USSD string (*141*5#) to manage premium content subscriptions, but unlike Cell C’s it doesn’t block all future subscriptions. Instead, users select which services to unsubscribe from.
Telkom Mobile said it does not offer an option for WASPs to charge for subscription services.
Vodacom users can unsubcribe from all WASP services by sending 'STOP ALL' to 30333.
Should you be subscribed to WASP services, you should receive the response 'Your Vodacom request to delete all WASP service has been logged'. According to Vodacom, you should then receive messages of the format, 'You have been unsubscribed from SERVICE with effect from DATE'.
Sharing fake news stories online and spreading false information could lead to criminal charges against the perpetrators as reported by News24.
Hoax-alert reported that fake news website News@Last posted an article titled "FARM MURDERS: US PRESIDENT THREATENS TO INTERVENE IF SOUTH AFRICA DOES NOT COME UP WITH A SOLUTION TO FARM MURDERS". They were unable to locate any source for the Trump quote or any of the "news sources" mentioned in the article that made any mention of Trump "lending a hand or coming to the rescue" in South Africa.
SA People further notes that fake news sites have trotted out yet another fake story about American President Donald Trump and South Africa.
How to spot fake news according to News24:
+ Look to see if reputable news sites are also reporting on the story;
+ Check for odd-looking domain names;
+ Check the 'About Us' tab on websites or look up the website on snopes.com for more information about the source;
+ Watch out for common news websites that end in '.com.co' as they are often fake versions of real news sources;
+ Bad web design and use of all caps can also be a sign that the source you're looking at should be verified;
+ If the story makes you really angry it’s probably a good idea to keep reading about the topic via other sources to make sure the story you read wasn't purposefully trying to make you angry in order to generate shares and advertising revenue.
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