Facebook To Work With Nigeria To Combat Fake News –Lai

Nigeria’s Information and Culture Minister, Lai Mohammed

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on Tuesday during his visit to DAAR Communications, owners of AIT and Raypower, said Facebook has concluded plans to partner with the Federal Government on its National Campaign Against Fake News to check the menace.

He said the national campaign, which was launched on July 11, 2018, has succeeded in bringing the phenomenon to the front burner of national discourse.

Alhaji Mohammed said Federal Government is not under any illusion that the campaign will immediately end the menace of fake news but stressed that the creation of the national campaign puts the issue of fake news on the front burner.

 “Fake news is now a subject of national discourse, workshops and conferences. In the coming days, the social networking web platform, Facebook, will be meeting with us and other top policy makers across the country in the days ahead to see how to assist us in fighting fake news. That, to us, is a major step forward, and we thank all our partners, and indeed all Nigerians, for this achievement,” he said.

The minister, who described fake news as a global phenomenon, said different countries are adopting various measures to tackle the menace.

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