Could stakeholders address the challenges associated with information disorder in Nigeria without understanding the complexities of the fact-checking landscape? This is the question a research article published on our website answered by interrogating the fact-checking ecosystem through the prism of media organisations on the frontline of information disorder combat in Nigeria.
This research article examined the fact-checking ecosystem by documenting the evolution, issues and activities about media organisations on the frontline of combating information disorder in Nigeria. The need to interrogate this phenomenon became more apparent in the way dis/misinformation is negatively impacting all strata of the society. Therefore, the research is designed to contribute to the body of knowledge on information disorder labels that are still evolving in Nigeria.
As the first of a two-part research dedicated to examining the information disorder and discussing whether the set up and activities of fact-checking organisations qualify them to be classified as media entities, the research further examines whether there should be preference in establishing fact-checking organisations over fact check desks.
Read the full version of the first part here.
Fact checks of the week
During a presentation on Sunday, August 2, the presiding Bishop of Living Faith Church Worldwide, David Oyedepo, claimed that a cure had been discovered for COVID-19, a disease which…
A user on Twitter, Lawrence Lurrrenzo Onuzulike, on August 13, 2020, contends that some pictures of the newly inaugurated headquarters of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) in…
President Muhammed Buhari met Pastor Ize Iyamu, the APC gubernatorial candidate for the forthcoming Edo Elections, on August 7 and handed him the APC flag, a gesture which…
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Tip of the week
- 7 Biggest brain damaging habits – SOURCE: Viral Social Media App
Over time, we have come across images bearing watermarks, badge or logos, as the case may be, belonging to credible sources just to prove a point. Therefore, It is not enough to let an image pass as ‘fact’ on the ground that it carries the mark of a credible website. You need to go beyond the appearance (be sure the inferences in the post are accurate, confirm the connection between the image and the attributed source) before sharing it with others.
- Recruitment: Nigerian Army opens portal for registration – Source: OnlineBlog (Amebo Online Newspaper)
Are you on the right website? Is the message from a credible source? These are important questions to ask yourself when dealing with claims of this sort. Be sure to verify the message so as not fall prey to internet scams.
- Oyo State Govt Places N500,000 Bounty on 19 Year Old Escaped Serial Killer, Sunday Shodipe – Source: onlineBlog
Be sceptical about every information that comes your way; detach your emotions and verify!
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