Fake News Hinders Our Efforts Against COVID-19, PTF

The national coordinator of the Presidential task force, Dr Aliyu Sanni has said that the rush of fake news in the country is hindering their efforts against covid-19 as regards the response of the people to national emergency.

Speaking to news men during the daily media briefing in Abuja on Monday, he said that there was a a growing incidence of fake news and that was particularly associated with government's response of covid-19 Emergency response.

There was no doubt that, that kind of incorrect and manufactured news distracted and misinformed the public as well as discredited the national response effort.

Examples of fakes around the activities of the task force included fake statements about the lockdown guidelines, as well as fake statements about funds, released or spent by the PTF

He also noted, “There is no doubt that the impact of fake news can be quite considerable. It damages the credibility of the nation’s public response, particularly when these stories are circulated as unconfirmed facts.It also harms the fragile trust between the government and the public, resulting in people acting on wrong information."

SOURCE: www.vanguardngr.com

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