Defence & Security

Army Urges Social Media Influencers to Shun Fake News

By Paul Michael

The Nigerian Army on Thursday urged social media influencers and bloggers to avoid the dissemination and spread of fake news on the internet. Adding that fake news is dangerous to the security wellbeing and progress of the country.

The Army gave the charge during its 18th edition of the Social Media Seminar for Bloggers and Social Media Influencers tagged “The Nigerian Army’s Non-Kinetic Line of Operation: Critical Roles of the Social Media”, which was organized by the Army Headquarters, Department of Civil-Military Affairs in conjunction with Security Affairs International.

Speaking during the event which was held at Hilton Leisure Resort and Hotels, Awka, Anambra State, the Chief of Civil-Military Affairs, Major General Marcus Kangye stated that the seminar, which started in 2018, is one of the ways the Nigerian Army interacts with the civil populace to foster harmonious and cordial Civil-Military relations, The Trumpet, gathered.

General Kangye called on social media influencers, bloggers/online journalists to rally support for the Nigerian Army while also encouraging them to enlighten the general populace on the dangers of misinformation and fake news for the general security of Nigeria.

He noted that the seminar became necessary having understood that millions of Nigerians rely on social media platforms as their sources of information.

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While explaining the need for influencers and online journalists to fact-check every piece of information at their disposals before sharing it on their various social media platforms and websites, he noted that fake news is a growing problem that seriously affects the security and development of every country.

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