Controversial Information Minister, Lai Mohammed, has voiced the negative impacts of social media on the Economy of Nigeria.
According to him, every negative occurrence in Nigeria resulted from social media. He attributed this to the fact that fake news and disinformation were generated to keep society misinformed. He sighted an example using what transpired amid the Lekki Massacre and EndSARS protest.
He indicated that fake news was all-over the internet with much influence on the citizens. Lai said that the ‘National Council on Information’ was launched in 2017 to check all this misinformation.
Considering how their fears about social media usage in spreading fake news have affected their country, measures would be put in place to avoid such fracas.
In his own words:
“In 2017, we dedicated that year’s National Council on Information to the issue of fake news, hate speech, and disinformation. The following year, in 2018, we launched the national campaign against fake news and disinformation, partnering with a number of print and electronic media organisations.
“Now, our fears about the abuse of social media, and specifically the dangers posed by fake news and disinformation has come to pass. During the protest and the subsequent violence, fake news, and disinformation were the order of the day. Social media was used for mobilization, and it was also used to guide arsonists and looters to properties, both public and private, which were targeted for attack.”