Social Media Purveyors Of Fake News- Lai Mohammed

Again, Nigeria govt vows to deal with purveyors of fake news, hate speech

Joseph Bakare

Minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed, has said that the social media has allowed itself to be patronized because it has opened a new vista for spreading fake news.

But the danger Mohammed said is that it could trigger a World War III.

The Minister told the House of Representatives committee on information, national orientation, ethics and values where he went to defend his ministry’s 2022 budget that the way in which information is disseminated today has drastically changed.

He stated that the means of receiving information 30 years ago was by television and radio sets, saying that people now prefer to patronise social media where fake news spreads easily.

“The people today, they don’t read newspapers, they don’t watch television — it’s social media. And it is most expensive; the most unseen enemy, they are there every moment,” he said.

“With fake news today and misinformation — I have always said here that the next world war will be caused by fake news.

“You can see even the US that use to pride itself on the freedom of the press is now questioning the role of the social media.”

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