Fake news does not only pose a threat to the world and its existence, it has become a global embarrassment that is giving world leaders and those being governed reasons to worry.
This is why Nigeria's no.1 online news website - Legit.ng doesn't take lightly its integrity and credibility while carrying out the tasks of educating, entertaining, and informing.
Our attention to detail and constant double-checks for accuracy before and after publishing a story recently earned us a huge recognition from fact-checking organization Africa Check.
Africa Check used one of our articles to expose fake news circulating on social media about the origin of a car made from wood.
A photo circulating on Facebook shows a man sitting in a car that seems to be made from wood. Some claim the car was made in Kenya.
“Man from Nyeri, Kenya builds a car with wood & Motorcycle engine,” reads one caption to the photo. “This guy will make you feel proud to be an African... Show this genius some love.”
Another says: “Nyeri man builds a car with wood and motorcycle engine.” The photo has been posted elsewhere on Facebook with the same claim.
Nyeri is a town on Kenya’s central highlands.
However, Africa Check did a reverse image search of the widespread image and found it in an article on Legit.ng.
Legit.ng's article was published on March 4, 2016, and shows three different photos of the car.
“A young talented Nigerian man has created a wonderful piece of automobile design,” the headline for the article reads.
Just like Legit.ng, you can also play a vital role in helping curb the spread of fake news by doing some verification before you believe or share any story or picture.
In cases of pictures, you can use your smartphone to verify if the picture has appeared somewhere before or has been manipulated. If you see any suspicious picture (or video), here is how you can verify its authenticity.
So ensure you read stories from reliable and authentic sources like Legit.ng as we have grown to become the number one news and entertainment medium in Nigeria. Our credibility and integrity played a huge role in this growth.