Facebook and Comic Republic Unveil Online Book to Fight Fake News | The Guardian Nigeria News

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• Carriers want security agencies to track down the culprits

The social media platform, Facebook and Comic Republic have announced the launch of the #NoFalseNewsZone online comic, an educational comic book series designed to help people think critically about the messages they see and read in line.

The series helps readers identify fake news and what they can do to help minimize its spread. The online comic, which comes as a three-part series, will feature the stories of an experienced nurse, intern journalist and college student who are on their personal journey to educate people. on how to fight fake news and join the fight. against disinformation to help create an online #NoFalseNewsZone.

Facebook’s corporate communications manager for English-speaking West Africa, Oluwasola Obagbemi, said Facebook is excited to launch its #NoFalseNewsZone online comic in collaboration with Comic Republic.

“Our hope is that with this comic online, people will make informed decisions by critically thinking about what they read, trust and share,” Obagbemi said.

Comic Republic CEO Jide Martin said, “In a world where we are online for everything that matters, it is now essential to protect our new reality. I urge people to read and forward it, but most importantly, think carefully before sharing unverified messages with contacts.

Meanwhile, owners and operators of interstate luxury buses have called on Nigerian police and other security agencies to investigate the sources of frequent false online reports of their vehicle hijacking and kidnapping. passengers by armed bandits.

The carriers were reacting to the latest in a string of fake news, which claimed that a fully loaded luxury bus bound for Abuja owned by GUO Transport Co. Ltd had been pulled over in Edo by suspected Fulani bandits, who had kidnapped around 123 passengers on board. , a few hours after leaving Owerri.

Describing the story, which has been widely disseminated online, as a maliciously fabricated lie, GUO Transport Co. Ltd managing director Maduabuchukwu Okeke said none of his company’s buses were hijacked, nor that the passengers had not been abducted.

He urged the Department of State Services (DSS), police and other law enforcement agencies to track down the perpetrators, scaring innocent road users away long distances and endangering the luxury bus trade.

In addition, the recently elected National President of the Luxury Bus Owners Association of Nigeria (ALBON), Nonso Ubajaka, has denounced the frequent generation of lies about its members’ vehicles on the internet. He called on the police to take action and apprehend the troublemakers.


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