‘Fake news is causing more damage than good to the society’
Jennifer Uwakwe is a law student at the University of Nigeria, Enugu campus. She said that her reaction to any story in the media depends largely on the gravity of the story. She stated that she gets very disturbed each time she reads a fake report in the media, which on the long run is…
Fact #1: Though increasingly popular, influencer marketing has its drawbacks
About a month ago, the Internet (and by that I mean the world), woke up to the (sordid) antics of “youtubber” Logan Paul who, during a trip to the Aokigahara forest in Japan, stumbled on the corpse of an apparent suicide victim. Aokigahara forest is notoriously known as the suicide forest of Japan. American born…
The social media and the flight of reason
Recently, a friend of mine who I otherwise hold in high regard, sent me a message on WhatsApp. After reading the first two sentences, I fired him a response: that the statement was wrongly credited to the so-called author; that there was no way she could have written that.
Valentine’s Day and impact of social media on relationships
As this year’s Valentine Day celebration draws near, Nigerians, especially the youths, are already preparing for the usual groove that always characterise the event. Such grooves include holding parties, hobnobbing with friends, sharing love on social media, engaging in illicit sex, drinking to stupor and others. But unfortunately, this year’s celebration coincides with the commencement…
‘Excess time on social media can destroy marital life’
Studies have shown that people mostly use social media sites like Facebook, Whatsapp, Skype and others because they meet their basic needs of connecting with loved ones, making friends, keeping tabs on their lives, and updating friends on their status. A marriage counsellor and President of Family Boosters Ministries, Pastor Bisi Adewale, in this interview…
Facebook acknowledges social media's risks to democracy
Facebook acknowledged Monday that widespread use of social media can be harmful to democracy, while pledging to work to minimize these risks. The world's biggest social network's comments were the latest response to persistent criticism for its role in allowing the spread of misinformation, reinforcing "filter bubbles" and facilitating harassment of dissidents and activists. "Now,…
Iran cuts social media access as unrest turns deadly
Iran cut access to social media on Sunday in a bid to head off further protests after days of unrest that saw two people killed and dozens arrested. The interior minister warned protesters will "pay the price" as footage on social media showed thousands marching across the country overnight in the biggest test for the…
‘How social media aids in obtaining classified information as exclusive’
Former Director-General of Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), Dr. Tony Iredia, has said the advent of social media in Nigeria has helped the conventional media in obtaining information that is clarified as exclusive by public officials.
Reinhard Bonnke launches social media platform for Nigeria crusade
“We have created a website, www.rbfgc.org that will provide information about the crusade and Bonnke. There will be update of news about the crusade on a minute-by-minute basis”.
Social media promoting hate speeches, insecurity - Lalong
Represented by Mr Rufus Bature, Secretary to the Government of Plateau, Lalong alleged that rumours steadily spewed into the social media had often led to bad blood and cause massive confusion.
How social media and fake news are battering traditional media in Kenya
The presidential election, which pitted the incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta against his political nemesis, opposition leader Raila Odinga, was fiercely fought on many fronts. One of these fronts, arguably the most significant, was the unprecedented investment in political messaging.