Misinformation

Analysis: Nigeria’s Security Agencies Are Victims of Misinformation! 

By Quadri Yahya  More than nine thousand X users engaged with Shehu Gazali Sadiq (@ShehuSky)’s post claiming that ‘no terrorist is ever arrested and tried for all terror  attacks in Northern Nigeria…’, and many of them didn’t dispute it. One user even commented thus: “Facts upon facts and they rub it right in our faces.” …

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Misinformation’s Hold on Climate Change: A Wake-Up Call for Africa in the Shadows of Established Democracies

By Muhammad Mustapha Ibraheem In the ever-evolving landscape of global information dissemination, misinformation has emerged as a formidable adversary, capable of influencing not only political landscapes but also critical areas such as climate change. From Europe to the United States, narratives around environmental issues have become battlegrounds where truth and falsehood conflict, manipulating narratives and, …

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FactCheckAfrica: Off Cycle Elections Full Report

Mustapha Lawal & Oluwaseye Ogunsanya  Introduction  In the aftermath of the recently concluded off-cycle elections in Bayelsa, Kogi, and Imo, the political landscape has been left with echoes of campaigns, debates, and, inevitably, a myriad of claims and counterclaims. As the dust settles, the need for clarity and unbiased reporting becomes paramount. This report embarks …

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Crisis or Clarity: Fact-Checking the Presidential Humanitarian and Poverty Alleviation Trust Fund

Mustapha Lawal & Muhammad Mustapha Ibrahim Introduction On the 31st of August, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Dr. Betta Edu, unveiled plans to establish the Presidential Humanitarian and Poverty Alleviation Trust Fund. This initiative, as announced by Edu, aimed to serve as a crucial component in lifting over 133 million Nigerians out …

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FactCheckAfrica’s Fact Checker Selected For ICIR’s Misinformation and Promoting Media Literacy Project 

By Habeeb Adisa A fact checker with FactCheckAfrica, Oluwaseye Ogunsanya has been selected as a fellow for The International Centre for Investigative Reporting (ICIR) “Countering Misinformation and Promoting Media Literacy Project”. According to ICIR in a press statement, the fellowship is being executed with the support of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany …

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How Social Media “Twist” is Making Press Release Mislead Media Reportage

Quadri Yahya  When the certificate saga of a Nigerian new minister first reached news consumers, the media was supercharged not to miss out the minutest detail as such controversy has become rife among people appointed to public offices.  The Nigerian involved this time was Minister of Arts, Culture and Creative Economy, Hannatu Musa Musawa.  Since …

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Beware: Viral Disinformation trails President Tinubu’s Days-old Government 

Quadri Yahya  Claims Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu was inaugurated on May 29 as the 16th democratically elected President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Since his inauguration, disinformation about Tinubu’s purported appointment and statements has been making the rounds on social media. Verdict Misleading.  Full Text President Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s inaugural speech about fuel …

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Feature: Is Citizen Journalism Bad?

Habeeb Adisa Due to its broad usage and quick information distribution, social media significantly contributes to the spread of information disorders. Misinformation is false information that is shared by someone who believes it to be true. Disinformation is when a person deliberately spreads false information. Mal-information, on the other hand, is information that is grounded …

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Special Report: How Radio Can Help Spread Fact-check and Combat Misinformation 

Adetutu Sobowale  In today’s fast-paced digital age, we are bombarded with information from all directions. While access to information has never been easier, the downside is the prevalence of misinformation, fake news, and disinformation. With over 140 million internet subscribers in Nigeria, a vast number when it is compared to its over 200 million population, …

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2023 Elections: Nigeria’s Misinformation Pandemic Makes Young Voters Doubt Elections Outcome 

Quadri Yahya  On 25th February, after millions of young voters cast their votes at their various polling units, they sat in front of their screens to monitor the ongoing polls across the country. Passive participants stumble across Twitter posts made by online influencers about the irregularities at some voting centres. And in a bid to …

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