WhatsApp faces misinformation problem in Nigeria, reports say

Counterfeit news on the stage comes in front of general decisions ahead of schedule one year from now.

Counterfeit news is being spread on WhatsApp in a portion of Africa’s most crowded nations, as indicated by two new reports, raising worries over coming decisions in Nigeria.

Photoshopped pictures and false cases about government officials have been flowing on the Facebook-claimed informing administration in Nigeria, which holds race in February one year from now, as per a report from The Poynter Institute on Friday. A large number of the false cases are in neighborhood dialects and adventure ethnic grating.

One arrangement of false cases centers around how lawmakers will address conflicts between a gathering of semi-itinerant herders and ranchers, Poynter said. Another gossip guaranteed a presidential competitor couldn’t enter the US on account of a defilement allegation, Poynter detailed.

Prior in the week, a Nieman Journalism Lab overview found that just about 33% of Nigerians had shared stories that ended up being phony. The study discovered Nigerians have the most minimal dimension of trust in the media of the three nations canvassed in the report, which included Kenya and South Africa.

Counterfeit news in Nigeria for the most part courses on versatile stages, for example, WhatsApp, and frequently includes extraordinary discourse went for instigating savagery, spreading bigotry or empowering misogyny and xenophobia, Nieman said.

The volume of phony news comes as Nigeria prepares for general decisions that will happen on Feb. 16



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