- The rise of fake news in Nigeria and beyond has become a source of worry for media experts
- As the world contains the spread of coronavirus an initiative focused on preventing the spread of fake news has been launched in Nigeria
- The initiative will help create an internet where users will have access to accurate and trustworthy information
An initiative focused on preventing the spread of fake or misleading news, gossips and stories across Africa have been launched in the Nigerian capital, Abuja.
FactCheck is a registered non-profit development organization focused on reality-checking and unique insightful reporting.
Speaking at a press briefing in Abuja on Thursday, March 19, country lead, Temitope Adeoye gave an insight on how the initiative works.
His words: “We always archive our sources, so readers are empowered to do independent research and make up their own minds.
“At a time when false news is increasingly affecting the outcome of activities and fueling violence around the world, there is a greater need to rid the internet of false news, rumours, stories and misinformation.
“This is where FactCheck Initiative comes in checking the menace of fake news and misinformation which has become a serious challenge to news coverage and the general public.
“Our goals and objectives are mainly centred on combating false information, photos or videos, intentionally created to spread mass panic, provoke violence, get attention and confuse the general public.
“We envision a safer and digital world with unbiased and authentic publication of information.”
He said their mission is to help create an internet where users will have access to accurate and trustworthy information.
Under the initiative, there is also Fake News Africa also known as FactReader.
Adeoye said: “Fake News Africa is an online platform that checks and debunks false news and stories by assembling simulated information alongside verified analysis aimed towards transparency.
“The vision is to be the definitive source for verifying both fake and original news across the continent. Our goal is to assist people in ensuring the information they receive from the media and online is accurate and truthful.
“The vast amount of information available online and the rise of fake news highlights the need for critical thinking and unbiased judgment.”
Meanwhile, the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has established a Directorate of Defence Media Operations (DDMO) for coordinating joint information management on the Nigerian military's combat operations.
Legit.ng gathered that the directorate is tasked with the sole responsibility of disseminating information on the armed forces during special operations.
A former military spokesman, Major General John Enenche has been appointed as the coordinator of the newly-established directorate.
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