The Minister of Info and Tradition, Lai Mohammed, has stated the Nationwide Marketing campaign Towards Fake Information has acquired a lift from the Social Networking Platform, Fb, which plans to companion with the Federal Government to examine the menace.
The Minister introduced the deliberate cooperation in Abuja at this time, Tuesday October ninth when he visited Daar Communications, homeowners of AIT and Raypower, in furtherance of the marketing campaign. He stated the nationwide marketing campaign, which was launched on 11th July 2018, has succeeded in bringing the phenomenon to the entrance burner of nationwide discourse.
“We’re not underneath any phantasm that our marketing campaign will instantly finish the menace of fake information. However we all know that by creating nationwide consciousness, we’re placing the difficulty of fake information on the entrance burner. Fake information is now a topic of nationwide discourse, workshops and conferences. In the coming days, the social networking net platform, Fb, will probably be assembly with us and different high coverage makers throughout the nation in the days forward to see how to help us in combating fake information. That, to us, is a significant step ahead, and we thank all our companions, and certainly all Nigerians, for this achievement” Mohammed stated.
The Minister, who described fake information as a worldwide phenomenon, stated completely different international locations are adopting varied measures to sort out the menace, however stated Nigeria has determined to attraction to the sense of accountability of media practitioners, bloggers and Social Media Influencers, as an alternative of partaking in coercion or censorship.
He stated if left unchecked, fake information has the capability to disrupt the peace and unity of the nation and it’s additionally a transparent and current hazard to the nation’s democracy.
“For instance, the fake information phenomenon performed out throughout the current governorship elections in Osun State. Whereas 16 PDP members have been arrested for varied offences, together with impersonating observers and for violence throughout the rerun, the purveyors of fake information made it look as if the APC was the perpetrators of those crimes. Additionally, a couple of days in the past, fake information about the launch of Leah Sharibu circulated freely on the social media. Think about the further trauma this could have precipitated for the dad and mom. Think about the implication on efforts to safe her launch, and certainly the nationwide safety implications” Mohammed stated.
He stated the marketing campaign towards fake information couldn’t have come at a greater time, contemplating that the 2019 basic elections are quick approaching and enemies of democracy will latch on to it to wreak havoc.