Facebook Launches War Against Fake News Campaign in Nigeria

Facebook has launched an educational campaign tagged #NoFalseNewsZone in Nigeria, aimed at helping people identify false news and educate them on ways to minimize its spread.

A product of partnership by Facebook, Big Cabal Media, and the Comic Republic, it is expected to boost the fight against the spread of fake news.

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Facebook’s Corporate Communications Manager for Anglophone West Africa said, yesterday, that the technology company is committed to the wellbeing of individuals and communities. “We are super excited to be working with Big Cabal Media and the Comic Republic to launch #NoFalseNewsZone in Nigeria,” he said.

As part of the campaign, Big Cabal Media and the Comic Republic have also joined the conversation to sensitize Nigerians on how to identify and report false news online.

Speaking on the collaboration, Big Cabal Media CEO, Tomiwa Aladekomo, said, “…The consequences of false news are glaring and especially painful to those who fall victim. Big Cabal Media is passionate about connecting people to accurate news sources and is excited to work with Facebook on its #NoFalseNewsZone campaign.”

Comic Republic CEO, Jide Martin, also said: “As more people spend time on their screens, consuming news and information on social media, service providers must become more socially responsible to combat misinformation on their platforms as effectively as possible.

“Comic Republic has since used comics to shine the light on issues like social injustice, online security, and domestic violence.”

Facebook has also commenced the 2021 edition of its ‘safe online forum’ in Nigeria, bringing teachers, parents, and other important education stakeholders together to discuss ways of promoting and ensuring online safety and digital literacy for young people.

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