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COVID-19: FG, Facebook to take preemptive action on fake news

The Federal Ministry of Information and Culture and in collaboration with Facebook Inc have decided to take preemptive action on antics of purveyors of fakes news and disinformation to remove any false or harmful messages about Coronavirus epidemic and public health in Nigeria 24/7.

In a brief on Ministry of Information and Culture’s response to coronavirus, following the first confirmed case in Nigeria, the ministry is intensifying its public sensitization and enlightenment campaign on the disease.

The Media agencies of the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, have been directed to intensify their ongoing sensitization and enlightenment campaign to arm Nigerians with the necessary information to stay well as information is power most apt at this time.

The National Orientation Agency (NOA), with its wide reach (offices in all the 774 local governments), is pushing the various sensitization/enlightenment programmes to all the nooks and crannies of the country, translating the campaign to the major indigenous languages to expand their reach.

The Federal Government wished to appeal to all Nigerians not to panic, as the Government is well-equipped to detect and handle any possible case or cases. “We know that at times like this, purveyors of fake news and disinformation usually ramp up their acts.

We are therefore urging Nigerians not to fall for the antics of purveyors of fakes news and disinformation”.

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