The social networking site, Facebook, has pledged to partner with
Federal Government to check the spread of fake news and disinformation
in the wake of the outbreak of the Coronavirus in Nigeria.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who announced this at a news Conference in Abuja on Friday, called on Nigerians not to fall for the antics of purveyors of fakes news and
disinformation who will scale up their act to create panic following the confirmation of the Disease in Nigeria.
“He announced that Facebook is working with Nigeria in this regard and have
asked Nigerians to report any false or misleading report on Facebook
and Instagram pages so they can immediately bring them down.
Lai Mohammed also assured that the social media platform is taking preemptive action to
remove any false or harmful messages about coronavirus epidemic and public
health at anytime of the Day.
The Minister said media agencies of the Federal Ministry of
Information and Culture, have also been
directed to intensify their ongoing sensitization and enlightenment
campaigns to arm Nigerians with the necessary information to stay
He said measures being taken by the agencies include enlightenment
jingles on radio and television, up-to-date reports on the efforts
being made by Nigerian health authorities to ensure proper screening
at the nation’s gateways and also handle possible cases.
The Minister therefore appealed to Nigerians not to panic, as the
Government is well-equipped to detect and handle any possible case or cases.