Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Fake news affecting fight against insurgency – Army

The Nigerian Army have said fake news and hate speech were affecting the battle against insurgency.

The Chief of Civil-Military Affairs, Maj.-Gen. Usman Mohammed, described the social media as a dangerous weapon used to influence and shape the opinions of citizens, which, according to him, had a critical outcome in the battle being fought.

He said, “It is very obvious that what you say, the way you say it and how it spreads have far-reaching implications that most of us are aware of. We all have the power to positively influence the security architecture of this great nation with the right desire, particularly with the dominance of fake news and hate speeches.

“We are very much aware of the power of the cyberspace and modern wars are fought using the cyberspace and the social media acting as dangerous weapons which have the capability of influencing and shaping the opinions of people, thereby having a critical outcome in the battle being fought.

“Presently, there are too many narratives about the security architecture of the country but we all have important roles to play in ensuring peace and security in this country through the spread of right information and correct narratives.”