In the light of Nigeria looking to regulate of social media, after weeks of #EndSARS protests, the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare has opened up about the fake news widely spread during the anti-police brutality demonstrations and its dangers.
Dare who appeared in an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, said the question of fake news is bothersome not only in Nigeria but every part of the world.
“The protests brought home the dangers of fake news. Several months back, Nobel Laureate Winner, Professor Wole Soyinka said fake news is like the bomb that can destroy the world and it is sure that the bomb will come from Nigeria,” he said.
“What happened during the protests has been reviewed to a certain extent. We have seen debunking of several of the stories of deaths that came up. Everyone is worried about the negative impacts of fake news.”
The Minister added that every country is dealing with fake news and in Nigeria, the National Assembly will do justice to the proposed regulation of social media to guard against the spread of fake news.
Dare added that the Nigerian government had the option of shutting down the social media space during the #EndSARS protests but chose not to tread the path. According to him, this shows a government that is committed to the rights of freedom and association of every citizen of this country.
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