Lack of patriotism and love of sensationalism have been identified as the major cause of fake news in Nigeria. These were disclosed at the fact-checking roundtable discussion organized by Media Advocacy and Technologies Center, MATEC and Nigerian Union of Journalists, NUJ, Kwara State chapter last weekend.
According to them, spreading misinformation and fake news can be traced to both state and political actors and innocent Nigerians that may not know that they are spreading the menace. They observed that the advent of smartphones has contributed in no small measure to the menace.
To the distortion of the Nigerian information ecosystem. As a way of checking this trend, it was advocated that online bloggers’ activities should be regulated in the interest of peace and development of the country.
Similarly, technology companies are advised to put in place measures that will check the spread of fake news on their platforms, particularly in northern Nigeria.
The representative of the National Orientation Agency, NOA, Mr. Ayinla Kolade, observed that fake news could be tackled with technology-solutions. Others at the round table discussion were Mallam Aliyu Muhammad Rabiu, Radio Nigeria Kaduna, Mr. Taiwo Adediran, Head of News, Royal FM, and Mr. Ayinde Mosadi, Nigerian Export Promotion Council.