The Federal Government has relayed to the public that they should prevent the spread of fake news and misinformations on social media over the spread of the corona virus epidemic.
This was disclosed by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, at a news briefing in Abuja on Friday.
He stated that Facebook is working with the federal Government to curb such nuisances as according to him they have asked Nigerians to report any false or misleading report on Facebook and Instagram pages so they can immediately bring them down.
“We know that at times like this, purveyors of fake news and disinformation usually ramp up their acts. We are therefore urging Nigerians not to fall for the antics of purveyors of fakes news and disinformation.
“Fortunately, Facebook is working with us in this regard. They have asked Nigerians to report any false or misleading report on Facebook and Instagram pages so they can immediately bring them down.
“They have also assured us that they are taking preemptive action to remove any false or harmful messages about this epidemic and public health in Nigeria 24/7,” he stated.
“Media agencies of the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, like the NTA, FRCN, NAN, and VON, have been directed to intensify their ongoing sensitization and enlightenment campaigns to arm Nigerians with the necessary information to stay well.”