Julius Malema may be pretty popular on Twitter, but he knows that the social media platform doesn't always reflect reality. He said the platform is 'divorced from reality' and says 'Twitter results' doesn't translate into the real world.
Economic Freedom Fighters leader, Julius Malema, often uses Twitter to respond to the current affairs in South Africa, but knows it doesn't truly reflect the real world.
News24 reports that the politician has admitted that what happens on Twitter doesn't necessarily show what happens in the country.
"I also hasten to point out that Twitter is entirely divorced from reality: I know for a fact that the EFF won nearly every 'poll' conducted on Twitter in the run-up to the elections. It ultimately lost the elections and came third."
Malema apparently stated this in his affidavit to defend a hate speech lawsuit that South African National Editors' Forum (Sanef) and 5 journalists brought against Malema and the EFF.
"Despite a better performance than in 2014, the 'Twitter world' result did not translate into the real world. This, also, with respect, should give the court proper perspective insofar as the complainants are concerned."
Briefly.co.za gathered that the complainants are Sunday Times associate editor, Ranjeni Munusamy, News24 editor-in-chief, Adriaan Basson, Daily Maverick journalist, Pauli van Wyk, Vrye Weekblad editor, Max du Preez and Eyewitness News journalist, Barry Bateman.
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