- News site, 'Newsbru', were found to have shared plagiarised content to boost traffic
- Two KwaZulu-Natal police officers and a DJ were linked to the site
- They wanted to earn money of advertising on their site
Investigations into the websites newsbru.net and newspage.co.za which were found to have plagiarised the content on their sites and infringed on a number of copyright laws, has ultimately lead to two KwaZulu-Natal police officers and a DJ.
Anton Laas, Jeandre Dawid Welgemoed and Gregory John Watson generated plagiarised and fake content for their websites in a scheme to get rich off of advertising revenue, Briefly.co.za found.
The group used content from popular sites to lure readers and increase traffic to their sites.
A News24 investigation revealed that the trio committed numerous crimes in an attempt to cover up their illegal activity and dodge potential prison time.
They reportedly bribed, threatened and intimidated one another. They also attempted to frame made-up people and web developer in the Western Cape.
The trio’s scheme went awry when News24 investigated fake news on the internet and noticed a number of inconsistencies, including being unlisted in company registries and being registered using a privacy proxy to maintain anonymity.
It also appears their social media accounts have been removed. Mzansi took to social media to share their thoughts and anger.
To read more about how News24 uncovered the fake news site, click here.
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