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Nigeria’s ‘fake news’ eco-system

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Fake news is not a new concept in Nigeria, but the exponential growth in the use and availability of mobile phones with access to the internet, as well as the sheer amount of information accessible in the age of digital media, has made the task of filtering out false information far more difficult. To gain a deeper understanding of the problem, the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) conducted a study of the online information landscape in order to paint a clearer picture of how information flows. This aims to understand the precise nature of disinformation (information shared with the intent to mislead), misinformation (information not necessarily shared with intent to mislead), hateful or dangerous speech, propaganda and other harmful forms of content available to Nigerians.

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Nigeria’s ‘fake News’ Ecosystem