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Osinbajo, Soyinka Urge Action Against Fake News by Nkemakonam62: 6:44am On Jan 10
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo yesterday decried peddling of fake news, warning that the act posed great danger for the society, aside causing physical harm.



He expressed regret that a lot of misinformation from the social media also find their ways into the traditional media, stressing the need to carry out investigations, cross check facts and do more interrogations before publication.

At a conference on ‘Nigeria 2019: Countering Fake News’ organised by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) yesterday in Abuja, Osinbajo said: “Practically everyday, I see some news that affect me or affect my work in one way or the other. The mass publication of deliberate falsehood has been with us for ages, manipulating words in a way that will resemble the reality.


“Fake news is now news because of the greater dimension in content or harm that it can do and the scope, especially with the advancement in technology in the past two decades. Aside the damage done to the credibility or integrity of public information, the capacity of fake news to cause alarm and fears has been demonstrated over and over again.”

According to Osinbajo, “One of the worries should be the harm they have done to public information, if nothing is done, nothing will be believed again because as technology improves in its capacity to manipulate, after a while, there will be perfect videos using artificial intelligence and other tools of digital technology. There will be perfect videos of people making speech they never made and events that never happened and it becomes more difficult to distinguish what is true from what is not true.”

The vice president, who cited an instance of the impact of fake news, said: “ I got a call from my wife about three or four weeks ago and she said: Yemi, what are you doing with strippers? And I asked: what do you mean by strippers? She relied: I read a story in a famous blog that said ‘Osinbajo caught with strippers’.

“And there was a photograph of me sitting between two perfectly clothed ladies, but underneath this picture, the same ladies were not wearing much. In fact-checking, I noticed that the photographs with these two ladies at an entertainment event were taken when they were perfectly clothed, but by the time the story was put out, it was as though I had taken a photo with them at the time they were not clothed at all.”

Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, said peddling of fake news should be treated as a crime. He urged the government to use the laws of libel, slander and identity theft to deal with purveyors of fake news.

Soyinka, who was one of the panelists, said: “Fake news is dangerous, they have killed us so many times.

Imagine waking up and reading a statement attributed to you in a language you never imagined. Those who carry fake news are sick in the head, they are cowards, they lack conviction.

“Some vendors of fake news are actually up for hire, they have a system whereby fake news information can be multiplied within a second for political purposes, and money is usually involved. Many of the vendors approach politicians to say I can help you.”

Soyinka took a swipe on former President Olusegun Obasanjo, saying “Someone that was in a position of power for eight years, lectured the nation for eight years, after that, continued year after year to direct the mind of the whole nation in one direction, saying this is Lucifer from hell for eight years in office and several more years out of office, and just one day changed and said, behold your redeemer, which of the two is fake news?”

https://www.akelicious.net/2019/01/osinbajo-soyinka-urge-action-against.html

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Re: Osinbajo, Soyinka Urge Action Against Fake News by cenaman(m): 6:52am On Jan 10
Reno omokri this is for you ur fake news has been causing palava since 2015.... seriously there would have a law to sentence fake news casters to minimium of 8yrs inprisonment.

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Re: Osinbajo, Soyinka Urge Action Against Fake News by Redoil: 6:55am On Jan 10
Fake news that was used in bringing down previous administration.
What goes arround comes arround

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Re: Osinbajo, Soyinka Urge Action Against Fake News by Naijawebmaster: 7:00am On Jan 10
shocked
Re: Osinbajo, Soyinka Urge Action Against Fake News by Oblitz(m): 7:00am On Jan 10
Soyinka were have you been all these while?
Re: Osinbajo, Soyinka Urge Action Against Fake News by BruncleZuma: 7:02am On Jan 10
grin grin grin grin
Re: Osinbajo, Soyinka Urge Action Against Fake News by cucumbae(m): 7:04am On Jan 10
So using public fund to bribe market women for votes as trader Moni is fake news? Caution Lai Mohammed first.

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Re: Osinbajo, Soyinka Urge Action Against Fake News by MahatmaGhandi: 7:04am On Jan 10
This government rode to power on the back of fake news.

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Re: Osinbajo, Soyinka Urge Action Against Fake News by ferventchamp: 7:04am On Jan 10
The last time I checked, Osinbajo is still a member of APC...

You know what you are up against when a member or supporter of APC preaches against dissemination of falsehood...

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Re: Osinbajo, Soyinka Urge Action Against Fake News by Bossontop(m): 7:05am On Jan 10
undecided
Says the originators of fake news......like say nor be wetin una dey use decieve d zombies through oga LIE sorry lai mohammed.......take dis wan do "for example".......

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Re: Osinbajo, Soyinka Urge Action Against Fake News by Flexherbal(m): 7:06am On Jan 10
Fake news is as bad as Government lying to the people.
Re: Osinbajo, Soyinka Urge Action Against Fake News by frank202012: 7:10am On Jan 10
what's my business with daura cow breeder?
Re: Osinbajo, Soyinka Urge Action Against Fake News by beepositive(m): 7:11am On Jan 10
Hmmm
Re: Osinbajo, Soyinka Urge Action Against Fake News by fasho01(m): 7:18am On Jan 10
Redoil:
Fake news that was used in bringing down previous administration.
What goes arround comes arround


Don't know why this current government feign ignorance to the fact that fake news is a monster that was created by them
Re: Osinbajo, Soyinka Urge Action Against Fake News by dunkem21(m): 7:22am On Jan 10
Who said GEJ is going to Chad to plan more terror attacks? cheesy

Who gave us a phptoshopped picture of Kemi doing NYSC grin
Re: Osinbajo, Soyinka Urge Action Against Fake News by rabonni(m): 7:25am On Jan 10
Soyinka the confused prof, aka occupy Lagos.


He is now deaf and blind



Go and occupy na, let the tyrant disgrace you
Re: Osinbajo, Soyinka Urge Action Against Fake News by MANNABBQGRILLS: 7:27am On Jan 10
Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, said peddling of fake news should be treated as a crime. He urged the government to use the laws of libel, slander and identity theft to deal with purveyors of fake news.
The professor has spoken.

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Re: Osinbajo, Soyinka Urge Action Against Fake News by orisa37: 7:33am On Jan 10
Ok. I agree. But there is nothing fake in OBJ telling PMB to handover to PYO now. It's a discerning Truth.
Re: Osinbajo, Soyinka Urge Action Against Fake News by slyfoxxjoe(m): 7:34am On Jan 10
cenaman:
Reno omokri this is for you ur fake news has been causing palava since 2015.... seriously there would have a law to sentence fake news casters to minimium of 8yrs inprisonment.
you really want a law like that to be passed? Just because there is a president you like now? You dont see how such a law can easily be abused by a subsequent government that you don't like and criticize? Think before you talk abeg.
Re: Osinbajo, Soyinka Urge Action Against Fake News by ZeeBaba17(m): 7:41am On Jan 10
with the advent of bloggers in every nook and cranny of the country fake news is now everywhere even nairaland need to check itself before it wreck itself. fake news is a scourge that must be kicked out
Re: Osinbajo, Soyinka Urge Action Against Fake News by missjane: 7:45am On Jan 10
Fake news cos you @ VP were directly affected when they said you snapped with strippers. Why not pass a law to protect investigative journalists that give genuine news about the true state of the nation n who really is in Aso rock, n boko haram sponsors?
Since most media houses are owned by politicians in Nigeria, they will continue to report what they are asked to.
Re: Osinbajo, Soyinka Urge Action Against Fake News by lomprico(m): 8:03am On Jan 10
Kayode ogundamisi
Re: Osinbajo, Soyinka Urge Action Against Fake News by GlorifiedTunde(m): 8:04am On Jan 10
APC and PDP media crew needs to be put in check.

Too many fake news around just to undermine the opposition.

That's not a decent way to fight
Re: Osinbajo, Soyinka Urge Action Against Fake News by Alepa(m): 8:31am On Jan 10
slyfoxxjoe:
you really want a law like that to be passed? Just because there is a president you like now? You dont see how such a law can easily be abused by a subsequent government that you don't like and criticize? Think before you talk abeg.
Wow . So ,spreading fake news is your own definition of “criticism” ? shocked
Jeesu Kristi !

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Re: Osinbajo, Soyinka Urge Action Against Fake News by Ayobami7(m): 9:19am On Jan 10
We don hear
Re: Osinbajo, Soyinka Urge Action Against Fake News by ibietela2(m): 9:44am On Jan 10
When it's against the government its fake news
Re: Osinbajo, Soyinka Urge Action Against Fake News by slyfoxxjoe(m): 10:45am On Jan 10
Alepa:

Wow . So ,spreading fake news is your own definition of “criticism” ? shocked
Jeesu Kristi !
criminalizing any kind of speech is a silly idea. You might be spreading what you think is real news and a government that hates you will deem it fake news and jail you for 8 years. Under this your law. Half of journalists will be in jail within a year.
Re: Osinbajo, Soyinka Urge Action Against Fake News by edibobo: 11:18am On Jan 10
Who initiated the so-called Fake News if not you guys
Re: Osinbajo, Soyinka Urge Action Against Fake News by GetCofOProperty: 3:12pm On Jan 10
Fake news destroys a lot... Professional journalists don't do that. There's need for everyone to do fair reporting...


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