- Wole Soyinka warned that fake news peddling may cause World War 3
- The Nobel Laureate expressed worry about the menace, particularly in Nigeria
- Soyinka also lamented that many false statements have been attributed to him
The spread of fake news has become a threat to mankind and may cause World War 3, Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka has said.
Soyinka said this in a symposium organised by the BBC News on Wednesday, January 9, tagged Countering Fake News.
His words: “I’ve said this before that fake news may cause World War 3 and the fake news will be started by a Nigerian.”
The renowned playwright also lamented that many false statements have been attributed to him.
He cited an example of a fake report that was attributed to him during the 2015 presidential election.
“During the last presidential election I was quoted as saying that it serves President Jonathan right for marrying an illiterate.
“Sometimes some people quote me as saying if you vote for a particular candidate, your mother is a goat or your father is a gorilla,” he said.
Soyinka also recalled that last year he saw his obituary many times on social media causing many people to call his phone.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Professor Wole Soyinka raised an alarm over his identity being stolen and used by a Nigerian in Poland for business purpose.
Soyinka, addressing a cross section of audience at Freedom Park in an event marking the 70th anniversary of human rights and worldwide reading for press freedom in memory of Jamal Khashoggi, stressed on the need to take the issue of stolen identity with seriousness.
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