Fake news menace

Africa’s Fake News Problem May Be Bigger Than Facebook’s Multimillion-Dollar Solution


September 26, 2020

In 2019, South Africa became the world capital for the miracle of resurrection. The same year, the Nigeria president, Muhammadu Buhari, was said to have died and replaced by what many were led to believe was a clone of the 77-year-old.

In the streets of Kenya, Jesus Christ walked about in fine white linen and treated an already awed crowd to a dance session. Thank goodness it did not happen in the same place and time where and when a giant-sized lion paraded like it was some East African real estate investor. Or did it? Fake news. All of them.

Easy come easy go. That's just about how it is for most of the fake news that rock the African plot of the world wide web. Though it is somehow in semblance to the misinformation saga narrated in other parts of the planet, the bogusness of the problem in this region is always in sharper focus.

From a platform as instant as Whatsapp to another as encompassing as Facebook, the problem is sufficient to make a million people believe that drinking hot water is enough to prevent and even cure the coronavirus infection.

In January 2019, social media giant, Facebook, saw the problem and decided to do something about it. The Silicon Vall...

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